Academy award winner and comedienne Mo’Nique is set to sue streaming giant Netflix after she accused them of racial and sexual discrimination.
She claimed that Netflix offered her a much smaller sum for her comedy special than it offered to the likes of Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle.
According to Mo’nique, this is due to racial and gender bias and she has campaigned in the past for people to boycott Netflix.
Netflix has come out to defend itself and in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, it said: “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 suing for an undisclosed amount and has prayed the court for an injunction that will compel Netflix to change its discriminatory practises.
The suit read: “Mo’Nique objected to Netflix’s discriminatory pay offer, pointed out how it was discriminatory and asked Netflix to do the right thing by negotiating fair pay with her. In response, Netflix did the opposite. It dug its heels in the ground, refused to negotiate fairly and stood behind its discriminatory offer.”
“Unfortunately for Mo’Nique and many other women of color, their challenges when speaking up about pay gap inequality are all the greater because they are met with skepticism, not empathy when they ask for more money,”
“We celebrated victories of many talented actresses like Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ellen Pompeo publicly aired their financial grievances against networks and studios who paid their male colleagues more money than them. This has not been the case for Mo’Nique who to this day has not been made a fair and non-discriminatory offer by Netflix”
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