ABC has been hit with a lawsuit that includes some graphic language and the unflattering allegation that the workplace on the Shonda Rhimes series “How to Get Away With Murder” was “a cesspool of misogyny, discrimination and hate.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that the sex discrimination suit was filed by Troi Wilson, a female rigging grip who worked on the series.
Wilson “says she’s one of few women in her line of work and was used to the boys club, but was subjected to name calling, harassment and discrimination,” the story reports.
Attorney Daniel Barth is quoted writing in the complaint: “Plaintiff hoped that working on a Shonda Rhimes production would be different. It was not. Her workplace was a cesspool of misogyny, discrimination and hate.”
The report notes that Rhimes is not being sued, but says Wilson alleges she was marginalized while she worked on the series and was fired in retaliation and blacklisted.
“Wilson was hired as a key rigging grip on the ABC series in 2014 and says she was unlawfully terminated during the hiatus between seasons three and four,” THR reports. “During her time working on the show, Wilson says she was called names like ‘bitch’ and ‘c—’ by the show’s construction crew and was asked, ‘Who did you blow to get this job?'”