Mo’Nique, a black actor and comedian, had sued Netflix for gender and racial discrimination.
In the latest update on the case, we have found that a federal judge has denied Netflix’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
The feud between Netflix and Mo’Nique started in 2017. She says that Netflix offered her $500,000 for a stand-up special which “perpetuates the pay gap” that black women suffer.
In 2018, she had even called for a boycott of the streaming platform.
Mo’Nique files the lawsuit
Mo’Nique says that Netflix offered Amy Schumer $11m, and Dave Chapelle and Chris Roch $20m for their stand-up specials.
When she called for a boycott of Netflix in 2018, actress Wanda Sykes came forth and thanked Mo’Nique for speaking out.
She tweeted, “Thank you for speaking out. Netflix offered me less than half of your $500k. I was offended but found another home.”
Following this, she filed the lawsuit against the streaming platform that alleges the following:
“Netflix’s treatment of Mo’Nique began with a discriminatory low-ball offer and ended with a blacklisting act of retaliation.”
Netflix loses motion to dismiss the lawsuit
As per the latest updates, the court has denied Netflix’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit against it.
It said, “We believe our opening offer to Mo’Nique was fair, which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”
Judge Andre Birotte Jr said, “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.”
Her lawyer called court’s ruling a victory for Hollywood talents who need protection against retaliation when raising concerns about pay discrimination.