Netflix and Mo’Nique settle a lawsuit over Gender- and Racial Discrimination

Mo’Nique and Netflix have settled the lawsuit she filed against the company in 2019, claiming racial and gender bias, Deadline reported. The details of the settlement are not known. 

After Netflix offered Monique Hicks $500,000 for a stand-up special, Mo’Nique, a comic, filed a lawsuit for gender and racial disparity. She also cited the millions of dollars paid to Ricky Gervais (Amy Schumer), Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen DeGeneres) and Dave Chappelle to produce their Netflix specials. The suit claims that the lawsuit was filed by the PreciousNetflix treated Oscar winner unfairly and blacklisted him as a retaliation.

Judge Birotte Jr. Netflix’s motion for dismissal was deniedIn 2020, it will be: “Mo’Nique plausibly alleges that, after she spoke out and called her initial offer discriminatory, Netflix retaliated against her by shutting down its standard practice of negotiating in good faith that typically results in increased monetary compensation beyond the ‘opening offer’ and denying her increased compensation as a result. “Netflix claims that Mo’Nique’s claim is new and should be barred from retaliation claims because of its lack of legal authority. The Court disagrees.” added the U.S. District Court judge.

“Netflix courted Mo’Nique and saw what she had, so made her an offer,” lawyers said. 2019 complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court. “But Netflix offered Mo’Nique the wreak of destruction.” [sic]discrimination, it perpetuated the pay gap for Black women.”

The document included Mo’Nique’s claim that the $500,000 the Reed Hastings-run streaming service offered her for a special in 2017 was both insulting and illegal. “Netflix’s business practice to pay Black women less than non Black women for substantially similar or equal work is a source of harm for Plaintiff that far exceeds any reason Netflix might have for doing this.” the jury seeking complaint states.

 Apparently, Netflix did reconsider and upped the offer of a white female comic when her offer was objected to (due to how much lower it was than comparable male offers), they added, citing Amy Schumer. “This lawsuit seeks the remedy of these wrongs, to bring Mo’Nique fair and nondiscriminatory wages, and to stop Netflix’s discriminatory practice going forward.” the action said. 

A spokesperson for Netflix rebuffed the allegations, responding, “We are passionate about inclusion, equity and diversity and we take any accusation of discrimination very seriously. “We believe our opening offer to Mo’Nique was fair — which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”

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