Gabrielle Union tweets ‘more change is needed’ to end racial and gender discrimination at NBC… after claims of ‘toxic’ behavior on set of America’s Got Talent
Gabrielle Union has insisted NBC need to do more to address workplace harassment.
The 47-year-old actress previously filed a complaint about ‘toxic’ behaviour on the set of America’s Got Talent, which she quit after just one season due to the alleged racial bias and discrimination she faced.
On Tuesday, Gabrielle praised the network on Twitter for their new plans to tackle the issue but doesn’t think the ideas go far enough.
Speaking out: Gabrielle Union tweeted that ‘more change is needed’ to end racial and gender discrimination at NBC on Tuesday, following a memo by chairman Mark Lazarus
She tweeted: ‘Great start by NBC to recognize the need to not turn away & ignore racial & gender discrimination on programs like #AGT’
‘More changes are needed however. Like stopping executives from intimidating talent from sharing their experience of racism in their own workplace investigations.(sic)’
Gabrielle’s comments came in the wake of an article in The Hollywood Reporter, which claimed NBCUniversal TV and streaming chairman Mark Lazarus had sent a memo to staff to help protect the network’s staff.
Reaction: Gabrielle shared her thoughts on Twitter after The Hollywood Reporter revealed details of a new memo that has been sent around to staff at NBC
On-set: Gabrielle with her former AGT co-stars Howie Mandel, Queen Latifah, Simon Cowell, and Julianne Hough
The memo is said to have detailed the company’s move to expand protections for employees against toxic workplace environments on shows produced by both the network and third-party companies.
Gabrielle filed a discrimination complaint against NBC, Simon Cowell, FremantleMedia and Syco Entertainment in California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing last June.
However, it has since been closed as the Being Mary Jane star requested an immediate right to sue, which she was granted.
Her official complaint came after NBC previously conducted an independent investigation into Gabrielle’s allegations, but she was unhappy with how it was handled.
She previously said: ‘They were like, “We’re going to commission this independent investigation.” Well, silly me. I thought independent was independent, but when NBC and Fremantle and Syco pay for that investigation, they control it.’
‘They turn over what they believe to be inflammatory things, or things that are not advantageous to me, over to the head of NBC, Paul Telegdy, who uses those things that he thinks are smoking guns to shoot down my claims.’
‘He then threatens my agent [by saying,] “Gabrielle better watch who she calls a racist” in the middle of an investigation about racism and discrimination. This is what’s happening from the top of the company.’
NBC previously insisted it was ‘categorically untrue’ that any threats had been made towards the star.
They said in a statement: ‘We took Ms. Union’s concerns seriously, and engaged an outside investigator who found an overarching culture of diversity on the show.’
Adding: ‘NBCUniversal remains committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect.’