A former Disney Cast Member who performed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Festival of the Lion King show is suing Disney, alleging that the company fired her due to her pregnancy.

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  • As the Orlando Sentinel reports, Krista Crowder has filed a suit against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Disney Worldwide Services for discrimination.
  • Crowder, who was a ballerina in the show, says she went on leave in November 2015 after become pregnant with twins, giving birth in June of 2016.
  • She says she later received a letter of termination on June 20th of that year and was asked to audition for her role.
  • According to the lawsuit, “The audition requirement was against Disney Parks protocol which should have only required a costume fit and a rehearsal.”
  • In October 2016, Crowder auditioned after losing the 60 pounds she gained during pregnancy but says she was told she was no longer needed.
  • A Disney spokesperson told the Sentinel, “We have a longstanding policy against workplace discrimination and we will respond to the allegations as appropriate in court.”
  • Crowder now sings at the Universal Orlando Resort.

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