UPDATE: Netflix has responded to Mo’Nique’s lawsuit, telling Gossip On This in an announcement: “We care deeply about inclusion, equity, and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our opening offer to Mo’Nique was fair—which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”
Mo’Nique is refusing to give up in her warfare in opposition to Netflix. The actress has simply sued the streaming big for racial and gender discrimination.
In the 39-page swimsuit filed on Thursday (Nov 14), Mo’Nique accuses Netflix of giving her a “biased, discriminatory” provide to do a one-hour comedy particular again in 2017 compared to her non-black and male counterparts.
The lawsuit additionally condemns the community for its lack of range. According to the swimsuit, there was no individual of colour on Netflix’s Board of Directors for years and solely 4% to six% of the community’s total workforce is black.
She is in search of unspecified damages in addition to an injunction to power the corporate to alter discriminatory insurance policies.
“Netflix is one of Hollywood’s most innovative companies, yet it not only perpetuates racial and gender inequality, it also takes advantage of a gender pay gap that disproportionately affects black women,” Mo’Nique’s lawyer, Michael W. Parks stated.
“When Mo’Nique, one of the most well-known Black female comedians in America, faced that anachronistic attitude, she knew it was time to challenge the status quo,” he continued.
Back in 2017, Mo’Nique started a campaign in opposition to Netflix after the corporate provided her $500,00zero to do a comedy particular, regardless of being a longtime comic and an Oscar-winning actress. She rejected the provide and referred to as for a boycott.
To help her declare of gender and racial bias for the low-ball provide, Mo’Nique claims in her lawsuit that Jerry Seinfeld has signed a $100 million cope with Netflix for stand-up specials and an interview collection.
Netflix reportedly provided Dave Chapelle a $60 million deal and Chris Rock and Ricky Gervais each signed $40 million offers, all to provide comedy specials.
Amy Schumer was given an preliminary $11 million deal, however the White comic was capable of negotiate as much as obtain $13 million.
“Thus, Netflix reportedly offered or paid Rock, Chapelle, DeGeneres, and Gervais forty (40) times more per show than it offered Mo’Nique, and it offered Schumer twenty-six (26) times more per show than Mo’Nique,” the lawsuit reads.
“In short, Netflix’s offer to Mo’Nique perpetuates the drastic wage gap forced upon Black women in America’s workforce.”
The lawsuit lists different examples of Netflix’s gender pay inequalities and slammed the community for failing to deal with racial insensitivity issues in a well timed method, citing a 2018 incident by which Netflix’s CCO stated the N-word throughout a gathering.
Shortly after Mo’Nique publicly voiced her points with Netflix, Wanda Sykes additionally revealed that she was “offended” by a low provide they gave her. However, she went on to shoot a comedy particular for the streaming service.
“They moved that comma,” Sykes later defined when requested why she finally determined to work for Netflix.
Unfortunately, the comma was by no means moved for Mo’Nique.