Netflix settles discrimination case with Mo’Nique

Netflix settled a lawsuit with Mo’Nique, who sued the streaming giant over what it viewed as a low-key offer for a stand-up special, claiming it was rooted in discrimination against black women.

According to court documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, both parties dismissed the lawsuit on Tuesday, although details of the settlement were not disclosed.

The actress and comedian sued Netflix for gender discrimination and retaliation in 2019, a year after calling on fans to boycott the streaming service over its opening bid of $500,000 for a one-hour special in 2017, citing gender bias. and color.

Despite Mo’Nique’s extensive resume and documented history of comedic success, when Netflix offered her a job on an exclusive stand-up comedy special, Netflix made a lowball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix offers other (non-black female) comedians. ,” she claimed in court documents at the time.

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The former sitcom star was offered $500,000 in 2017 for a stand-up special.
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She tried to back up her argument by citing huge paychecks that men like Chris Rock and white women like Amy Schumer received from the streamer for their comedy specials.

“Netflix has reportedly offered or paid for Rock, [Dave] chapel, [Ellen] Degeneres, and [Ricky] Gervais offered forty (40) times more per show than Mo’Nique, and it offered Schumer twenty-six (26) times more per show than Mo’Nique. In short, Netflix’s offering to Mo’Nique perpetuates the drastic pay gap being forced on black women in the American workforce.”

When the former sitcom star declined the low-ball offer, Netflix did not counter or continue to negotiate, a standard practice, the suit said.

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The stand-up sued the streaming service in 2019.
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“Which makes Mo’Nique, who has been labeled a living legend based on her awards from around the world, is worth $12.5 million less than Amy Schumer to [Netflix]†

Days later, Netflix responded, claiming that the offer was not discriminatory in any way.

“We value inclusion, equality and diversity and take all allegations of discrimination very seriously,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “We believe that our opening offer to Mo’Nique was reasonable – which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”

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Mo’Nique disagreed that comics like Amy Schumer were getting significantly more money for a Netflix stand-up special.
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A California judge allowed the lawsuit to continue into 2020, but matters have clearly been resolved, with fans of the actress on Twitter congratulating the star on the undisclosed settlement.

“You told Monique to shut up, they said she was the problem and everything else except Netflix handed her a huge check,” a fan tweetedof one more addition“Netflix has to pay and give Monique a settlement when they could have just paid her what she deserved in the first place.”

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