AceShowbiz - Broadway star Chad Kimball is suing the producers of musical "Come From Away" for allegedly firing him due to his religious beliefs.
The actor appeared in 1,100 performances of the show and was a member of the original cast. However, he contracted COVID-19 back in March 2020 and faced backlash in November when he vowed to disobey coronavirus safety restrictions on religious services.
"Respectfully, I will never allow a Governor, or anyone, to stop me from SINGING, let alone sing in worship to my God. Folks, absolute POWER corrupts ABSOLUTELY. This is not about safety. It's about POWER. I will respectfully disobey these unlawful orders," he tweeted at the time.
When "Come From Away" returned to Broadway last month (Sep21), Kimball wasn't invited to reprise his role as well as being absent from the filmed version that's now streaming on Apple TV+.
In his lawsuit, Kimball claims that the producers "unlawfully terminated (him) wholly or partly because (his) religious beliefs simply made them uncomfortable."
"(The) failure to re-hire was based wholly or partly upon (his) religious faith."
The legal papers also explain how Kimball has been affected by the firing, stating, "As a result of his termination as a result of faith, (he) felt extremely humiliated, degraded, victimised, embarrassed, emotionally distressed, extremely distraught and intimidated."
"(Kimball) was made to suffer significant economic and professional harm, in addition to emotional and physical pain and suffering, economic loss; physical and emotion stress; and, in some instances severe emotional trauma, depression, illness, hopelessness and anxiety, loss of confidence, self-esteem and self-worth, and other irreparable harm resulting from the strain of employment controversies caused by Defendants and/or Defendants' agents and/or employees."
The "Come From Away" producers have yet to respond to the lawsuit.