Lizzo Sued by Another Former Employee over Working Conditions

Asha Daniels claims she was subjected to 20-hour shifts and witnessed racist and fatphobic comments while working on the singer's tour

Photo: Raph_PH

BY Sydney BrasilPublished Sep 21, 2023

Yet another one of Lizzo's former employees has filed a lawsuit against her. Asha Daniels, who claims to have worked in the singer's wardrobe department on tour this year, claims that she was subjected to 20-hour shifts without breaks, and that she witnessed fatphobic and racist comments from Lizzo's team.

Daniels said she was hired by Amanda Nomura to work on the tour. She alleges that Nomura often made racist and fatphobic comments, calling Black women on the team "useless," "dumb" and "fat," as per TMZ.

Daniels also claims that she was injured on the job after Nomura rolled over her ankle with a clothing rack. She says she was reprimanded for wearing Crocs as her injury healed, and was told to put on a pair of tennis shoes.

The court documents say that Daniels made her concerns known to Carlina Gugliotta, Lizzo's tour manager, who suggested she privately film Nomura. She felt that this would be unethical, and refrained from doing so. 

After relaying all of her concerns to Gugliotta, Daniels says she believes Lizzo was made aware of them, but she was fired before her contract was up.

Stefan Friedman, spokesperson for Lizzo, vehemently denies Daniels's claims: "As Lizzo receives a Humanitarian Award tonight from the Black Music Action Coalition for the incredible charitable work she has done to lift up all people, an ambulance-chasing lawyer tries to sully this honour by recruiting someone to file a bogus, absurd publicity-stunt lawsuit who, wait for it, never actually met or even spoke with Lizzo," he said. "We will pay this as much attention as it deserves. None."

These claims come following a slew of other complaints accusing Lizzo of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. In early August, three of her former dancers filed a suit against the singer and her production company for the aforementioned reasons, also claiming racial and religious harassment, false imprisonment, interference with prospective economic advantage and more.

Since the original lawsuit, more of Lizzo's former employees have come forward with complaints, and it has come to light that she legally settled with 14 dancers for using footage they did not consent to prior to the suit.

Lizzo has denied all of the claims against her, and her Big Grrrls dance crew has continued to support her. 

Latest Coverage