Time's Up has chimed in on the much-talked-about and controversial dismissal of Gabrielle Union from NBC's America's Got Talent after she called out incidents of workplace toxicity she encountered and witnessed while she was a judge on the reality competition series.
The union that advocates for actors, TV personalities, journalists and singers issued a statement via Deadline, saying, "We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously".
Stern's comments come after reports that Union's firing came after the star spoke up about a toxic environment on set. "Our enforcement action is usually handled confidentially to protect the member involved, and we typically do not publicize these matters unless the member requests that we do so", the spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA added.
Syco Entertainment, which produces AGT, released a joint statement with NBC and production company Fremantle on Sunday.
"We remain committed to ensuring a respectful workplace for all employees and take very seriously any questions about workplace culture", said the statement, obtained by PEOPLE. "We are working with Ms. Union through her representatives to hear more about her concerns, following which we will take whatever next steps may be appropriate", the statement read. However, Hough later told the media she enjoyed her time on AGT despite pushback on what she wore and how her hair and makeup appeared.
Some believe that Union - who had a three-year contract with NBC - was sacked for calling out the incident, which happens to be only one of the alleged others.
According to a report by Vulture, Union complained about Cowell smoking indoors; a remark made during taping by guest judge Jay Leno she deemed to be a racist that did not make it to air; and misgendering of contestants.
Last Tuesday, a report by Variety claimed that while working on the show, Union had expressed concerns over racially insensitive situations during her time as a judge, including a joke guest judge Jay Leno allegedly made that was later edited out of the episode.
On Sunday, Union quoted a tweet that outline the three steps in "a solid apology".
Union's husband, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, confirmed her firing on Twitter, and wrote that he was proud of his wife for being selected as a judge on AGT.
Multiple people on set were upset by the joke, Variety reported, and Union reportedly urged producers to report the joke to the human resources department.