Disney performer alleges she was fired due to pregnancy

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 9, 2018

ORLANDO — A Disney performer is suing Walt Disney, alleging gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

Krista Crowder filed a complaint July 9 in Orange County Circuit Court against Disney Worldwide Services Inc. and Walt Disney Parks and Resources US. Inc., alleging violation of the Florida Civil Rights Act.

According to the complaint, since May 2013, Crowder had performed in Disney's Festival of the Lion King at Animal Kingdom. On Aug. 2, 2017, the suit says, Crowder was sent a termination letter. She says the official explanation was because of her pregnancy and allegations that Disney did not allow any mother to perform in the workplace, despite Crowder being qualified for her position. 

As a result, Crowder says, she suffered adverse employment action, namely termination. 

The plaintiff alleges Disney intentionally terminated an employee because of her pregnancy with no alternative procedure, which is required under Crowder's protected civil rights.

Crowder seeks trial by jury, damages of more than $15,000, attorney fees, costs and all other just and equitable relief. She is represented by attorney Travis J. McConnell of Law Office of Travis J. McConnell in St. Petersburg.

Orange County Circuit Court case number 18CA007301

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