Comedian Mo’Nique Sues Netflix For Race & Gender Discrimination
Oscar winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique has been at war with streaming service Netflix over what she believes is racial and gender discrimination and she's taking her claims to court.
According to NBC News, Mo'Nique filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court Thursday (Nov. 14) accusing Netflix of giving a “biased, discriminatory” offer to her for a one-hour comedy special around November 2017.
The comedian was offered $500,000 as a “talent fee,” an offer the lawsuit claims was significantly less than those offered to men and white women for the same type of stand-up original specials. - via NBC News
Last year, Mo'Nique spoke out about the $500,000 offer she received and called for people to boycott Netflix “for gender and color bias.”
The suit went on to point out that other comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais and Amy Schumer received millions for their specials.
It doesn't stop there. Mo'Nique's lawyers are also arguing that Netflix lacked diversity in its leadership and reportedly turned a blind eye or did not act quickly enough when a senior executive and an actor in a series used racist language. They went even further to point out pay disparities based on gender in other Netflix productions.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Mo'Nique has a case to stand on or do you think it's sour grapes for not getting an offer she believes is fair?