Mo’Nique’s Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit Against Netflix!

Netflix settled a discrimination lawsuit with Mo’Nique, who had sued the company after receiving what she considered to be an unfairly low offer for a stand-up special because of her race.

Netflix Makes a Deal With Mo’Nique Over Discrimination

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that on Tuesday, both parties filed motions to dismiss the suit after reaching an undisclosed settlement.

After calling on fans to boycott Netflix in 2017 over their opening offer of $500,000 for a one-hour special because of gender and color bias, the actress and comedian eventually filed a lawsuit against the streaming service in 2019 for discrimination and retaliation.

The comedian claimed in court documents that Netflix offered her a “lowball offer” for an exclusive stand-up comedy special because “despite Mo’Nique’s extensive résumé and documented history of comedic success,” the streaming service paid other (non-Black female) comedians much more.

In 2017, the comedian offered the former sitcom star $500,000 for a stand-up special.

She made an effort to bolster her case by bringing up the large sums of money that the streaming service paid comedians like Chris Rock and Amy Schumer, both of whom are white.

Rock, Chappelle, DeGeneres, and Gervais were reportedly offered or paid forty times as much per show as Netflix offered Mo’Nique, and Netflix offered Schumer twenty-six times as much as Mo’Nique. In sum, Netflix’s offer to Mo’Nique only serves to further entrench the massive wage gap that Black women in the American workforce face.

The lawsuit claims that when the former sitcom star turned down Netflix’s low offer, the streaming service did not counter or continue negotiations.

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The Comedian Sued the Streaming Service in 2019

Why does Netflix value Amy Schumer more than Mo’Nique, who has been called a living legend for her many awards from around the world?

After a few days passed, Netflix finally responded, saying they had no intention of making a discriminatory offer.

“We care deeply about inclusion, equity, and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously,” a Netflix spokesperson said at the time. We will defend our initial offer to Mo’Nique in court because we think it was reasonable.

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Netflix Reportedly Settled Her Lawsuit Alleging Bias

Mo’Nique objected to the fact that Amy Schumer and other comedians were offered much larger sums of money to film a Netflix stand-up special.

Fans of the actress have taken to Twitter to congratulate the star on the undisclosed settlement, despite the fact that a California judge has allowed the lawsuit to proceed in 2020.

One Twitter user wrote, “Y’all told Monique to shut up, said she was the problem and everything else but look at Netflix cutting her a huge check,” while another said, “Netflix having to shell out and give Monique a settlement when they could’ve just paid her what she deserved in the first place.”

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Deadline confirms that Mo’Nique and Netflix have settled her racial and gender bias lawsuit filed against the streaming service in 2019. The terms of the deal were not made public. Below, you’ll find more details about the situation.

Mo’Nique’s lawsuit alleging racial and gender bias against Netflix(Instagram), where Ted Sarandos is now co-CEO, has been denied dismissal for a second time by a federal judge.

Formerly known by her stage name, Monique Hicks, the Precious Oscar winner is a comedian who claims Netflix’s initial offer of $500,000 for a stand-up special in 2017 was not only an insult but illegal.

Her discrimination claim from last November centers on how much she should be paid for a potential Netflix comedy special, and she points to the tens of millions that Amy Schumer, Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dave Chappelle reportedly earned for their own shows.

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