In a lawsuit seeking $100 million, Alice Alyse alleges that the production of "Movin' Out," a musical set to Billy Joel songs, discriminated against her because her bust became too big while she was on leave for an injury, the Washington Post reports.
Before Alyse came back from leave, she notified show management that her costumes for the show would require new bras because her size had increased from a C cup to a D cup during her 4-month absence, she says in the lawsuit. Alyse, who is 29 years old and has previously performed with the San Francisco Ballet, says she gained no weight and had no surgery during the leave, citing a growth spurt as the reason behind her new look.
The newspaper notes that the worlds of Broadway and ballet generally prefer dancers with a certain look and seek to avoid things that they would see as a distraction to the overall performance.
In the lawsuit, Alyse says that after her growth spurt and return to the production, she was harassed, verbally abused, retaliated against for complaining about inappropriate conduct, and eventually wrongfully dismissed, the newspaper reports.
The lawsuit quotes one defendant as saying: "You need to lose them now!"
The lawsuit also accuses the show of discriminating against Alyse in its pay practices by paying her less than a male performer who had a similar role. Alyse earned $130,000 per year while working on the show, according to the newspaper.
The newspaper notes that Larry Klayman is representing Alyse in the lawsuit. You may remember Klayman as the founder of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed lawsuits against the Clinton Administration.
You can read the text of the lawsuit here.
Source: Washington Post