NeNe Leakes is accusing Bravo and production of racism and a hostile work environment in a new lawsuit. In the legal sense, a hostile work environmentf refers to any form of harassment that is part of federal anti-discrimination laws. A hostile work environment claim includes employees subjected to unpleasant comments or behavior based on sex, race, color, national origin, age, religion, or disability, which unreasonably interfere with their work performance or create an intimidating, aggressive, or offensive work environment. Leaks filed the Lawsuit at a federal court in Atlanta on Wednesday. The Reality star quibbled to executives about years of racist comments from her castmate Kim Zolciak-Biermann and that Leakes was the only one out of the two to suffer consequences.
The document names the defendants involved, NBCUniversal, Bravo, True Entertainment and Truly Original, and “Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen to be part of the suit.
“NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged,” the suit states.
Leakes also claims the network attempts to stop her from being vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement.
The suit expresses an incident that happened in 2012. During the fifth season, Kim Zolciak-Biermann made “racially offensive and stereotypical” comments about housewife Kandi Burruss’s new home, calling her neighborhood a “ghetto” and memorializing a racial stereotype in an offensive remark about whether Burruss needed a swimming pool.
That same year, the suit alleges that Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word referring to Leakes and the other housewives after a dispute with them. the document also alleges Zolciak-Biermann falsely suggested that Leakes used drugs and called her home a “roach nest.”
The Lawsuit alleges her complaints of racism had a part in Leakes being forced off the show before its 13th season.
In an email, Joe Habachy, one of Leake’s attorneys, stated that “not a day goes by that NeNe doesn’t wake up with an onslaught of overwhelming emotions as a direct result of these unfortunate and avoidable occurrences.”
The document alleged that Executives desired to sideline Leakes from talking about BLM, keeping her off early episodes where the subject would be addressed.
“As the Black Lives Matter movement swept our nation, Mrs. Leakes — Bravo’s historically most successful Black female talent — should have been embraced by NBC, Bravo, and True,” the claim states. “Instead, NBC, Bravo, and True forced her out of the ‘house she built,’ denying her a role.”The suit claims that the defendants’ actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination law, and it desires monetary damages to sort out through trial.
The federal anti-discrimination law authorized Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers from discriminating based on race, skin color, or characteristics associated with a given race.
Leakes have spent seven seasons on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” between 2008 and 2020.
Fans of Real House wives of Atlanta took to Twitter with their comments regarding the matter.