Mo’Nique’s discrimination case against Netflix has been allowed to proceed, Page Six has learned today. The actress has reportedly sued the streaming juggernauts for racial and gender bias.
According to the actress and her legal team, she was offered just $500,000 for her comedy stand up routine, and they’ve argued that it was not only insulting but also illegal. Mo’Nique’s team compared her own pay to Amy Schumer’s in which she received $13,000,000.
The lawsuit filed cited other figures who were paid high amounts for their specials, including Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, and Ricky Gervais. The suit also says Netflix didn’t try and counter her demands when she asked for more money.
They simply moved on and then “blacklisted” her from the industry. Netflix argued that Mo’Nique’s claim was simply “nonsensical” because not only was their initial offer fair, but the lawsuit would set a legal precedent.
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A judge has denied Netflix’s second motion to throw out Mo’Nique’s racial and gender bias lawsuit. The comic and Precious Oscar winner, real name Monique Hicks, says the $500,000 she was first offered by Netflix in 2017 for a stand-up special was not just an insult but illegal. Her gender and racial discrimination filing of last November over pay for a potential comedy special cites the tens of millions reportedly paid to the likes of Amy Schumer, Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Dave Chappelle for their Netflix specials. In rejecting the streamer’s motion to dismiss, Judge Andre Birotte Jr. said yesterday, “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” (Read the full ruling here). “While Netflix argues that the novelty of Mo’Nique’s claim and the absence of on-point legal authority for it should bar her retaliation claims outright, the Court disagrees,” ———————————— #netflix #monique #culturenews #genderpaygap
On Thursday, Judge Andre Birotte Junior rejected Netflix’s proposal. The court argued that Netflix did in fact shut down continued dealings and negotiations which they would normally do with other stand-up comedians and artists.
The judge’s decision also referred to the case of Schumer, who was able to get her offer increased to $13 million in comparison to other stars such as Dave Chappelle. Chappelle and Chris Rock were paid $60 million and $40 million for their specials, respectively.
Mo’Nique’s lawyer nor did Netflix’s attorney respond to requests for comment. Page Six reported, however, that during a brief conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Mo’Nique’s team claimed yesterday’s decision was an important case for Hollywood workers and other employees who seek to protect themselves against retaliation, especially in cases where there may be pay discrimination.
As most know, this wouldn’t be the first time Mo’Nique has complained of being discriminated against. In the past, the actress said she was blackballed in Hollywood following her Academy Award win.
Since then, the comedian has been fighting against what she perceives as anti-black and anti-women sentiment in the entertainment industry.