When actress Gabrielle Union joined the judging panel on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” she probably did not anticipate the firestorm that would brew at the end of the season. Union, along with fellow first-year judge Julianne Hough, were both cuts from the show after one season. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we want to understand that hostile work environments often stem from illegal employer behavior. This is an issue that many people have to deal with on a regular basis, and our Los Angeles hostile work environment attorneys want to discuss this issue with you.
Reality TV gets a dose of reality
Actress Gabrielle Union has stated that she confronted a hostile work environment while working on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Union, who joined the judge’s panel earlier this year was told early on that her hairstyles were “too black.” She also is said to have objected to a joke made by Jay Leno, a guest judge at the time, about dogs being served as a dish in Korean restaurants.
Union also says she spoke up about her discomfort over a white contestant mimicking black performers. She complained that Simon Cowell, an executive producer of the show, ignore the smoking ban on the show’s set.
Since Gabrielle Union has come forward with her allegations against NBC, David White, national executive director of SAG-AFTRA, says that there has been an uptick and members coming forward with issues of discrimination and mistreatment in their workplaces in the entertainment industry.
It can happen to anyone
A hostile work environment is more than something that just causes a little discomfort. Often, these situations arise due to illegal activities within the workplace. Part of Gabrielle Union’s complaints revolves around racial discrimination, something that is often responsible for hostile work environments. Workers in California are protected from discrimination under both federal and state law. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we regularly represent people who have been discriminated in the workplace based on their:
- Race and color
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Pregnancy status
- Religion or creed
- Marital status
Discrimination is not the only way that a workplace can become hostile. As the #MeToo movement has shown us over the last few years, women face sexual harassment on a regular basis In the workplace. One NPR study found that 38% of women have reported being sexually harassed while at work.
We will help you through your case
If you or someone you love has faced a hostile work environment due to discrimination, harassment, or some other type of illegal behavior, contact an attorney immediately. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we are going to help you get through this. Our goal is to investigate what happened and work to secure the compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
- Recovery of lost wages
- Reinstatement to your job
- Court costs and legal fees
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against the employer