Photo: Treefort Music Fest - Lizzo

Lizzo’s Harassment Case Goes To Trial

After Lizzo’s dancers claimed sexual harassment, fat shaming and a hostile work environment in 2023, the superstar singer/songwriter hoped to to have the case dismissed.

In Friday (2.02,) a Los Angeles judge denied the musician’s requested in light of sufficient reasons to proceed to trial.

In the case, three of Lizzo’s former dancers alleged they were subjected to sexual harassment and fat shaming while working for the internationally known artist, adding that the chanteuse and her dance captain, Shirlene Quigley, created a hostile work environment.

Born Melissa Viviane Jefferson, Lizzo and Quigley will face the allegations, which also include claims of racial and religious discrimination.

One month following the August 2023 allegations, the singer’s attorney’s applied to have the lawsuit dismissed “in its entirety”, denying “each and every allegation”. And though the case will now be heard in court, several of the dancers’ complaints were dismissed and will not be dealt with, including a sexual-harassment claim that arose from a nude photoshoot conducted on the singer’s reality-TV series, Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls. A disability discrimination complaint, and an allegation that Lizzo‘s team prevented dancers from accepting other work, were also dismissed.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Treefort Music Fest – Lizzo