According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Gabrielle has filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing against Universal Television, Fremantle Production, Syco Entertainment, and Simon Cowell
The complaint starts off, “Union, an African American woman, was a judge on America’s Got Talent (“AGT”), but, in what has become a widely publicized matter, was terminated from the Cowell-created show after just one season. Sadly, what led to Union’s termination was her refusal to remain silent in the face of a toxic culture at AGT that included racist jokes, racist performances, sexual orientation discrimination, and excessive focus on female judges’ appearances, including race-related comments. Union raised numerous complaints while working on AGT.”
In the court documents, Union says she complained about Simon Cowell’s smoking on-set which allegedly broke the law, spoke out against a contestant performing with blackface hands, expressed her disapproval of judge Howie Mandell having “mocked a Spanish-singing performer from Arizona by stating that, in sum and substance, America would not be able to “understand” her singing” along with Jay Leno making a racist joke.