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Mo’Nique and Netflix settle racial and gender discrimination lawsuit

Mo’Nique and Netflix have settled their long-standing legal battle. In court documents obtained by ET, Mo’Nick Hicks and Netflix on Tuesday agreed to dismiss the lawsuit brought against them, “without limitation prejudice to all claims, with each party to him or her.” To bear your costs, expenses, and attorneys’ fees.” Further details of the settlement were not disclosed.

In 2017, Netflix and Mo’Nique began discussions for the comedian to air a comedy special on the streamer. According to the original complaint, the idea fell through when Netflix made an offer it found “biased, discriminatory” — an initial offer of $500,000 for a one-hour show that Netflix would have full control of, including owning and maintaining the copyrights. is included. All audio-only rights to the exclusive.

The 54-year-old opposed the offer, noting that other comics received more. When Mo’Nique retaliated, Netflix reportedly stopped talking and blackballed him.

In a video posted in 2018, Mo’Nique pointed out discrepancies between his offer and the salaries of other comedians. According to a report by DiversityChris Rock and Dave Chappelle were reportedly paid $20 million per special as part of their deals with Netflix (Rock signed for two for a total of $40 million; Chappelle, three for a total of $60 million ) and Amy Schumer reportedly signed a deal for $11 million. Leather Special.

“Then Amy Schumer went back and renegotiated the two million dollars because she said, ‘I shouldn’t make up what men are getting, those legends, though, I should be getting more. And Netflix agreed,” Mo’Nick said. The comedian then said that his team asked Netflix to explain the difference between their proposed payday and Schumer’s.

“They said, ‘Okay, we guess that’s what Mo’Nick will bring.’ We said, ‘Well, what about my resume?’ They said, ‘We don’t run out of resumes,'” she said. “Then we asked him, ‘What was it about Amy Schumer?’ And he said, ‘Well, he sold Madison Square Garden twice and he had a big movie in the summer.’ Isn’t that Amy Schumer’s resume? And then Netflix said, ‘By the way, we believe Mo’Nique is a legend too.’ Why shouldn’t I get what Legends is getting?”

In November 2019, Mo’Nique sued, claiming racial and gender discrimination.

“Netflix reportedly offered or paid 40 times more per show than Mo’Nick’s offered to Rock, Chappelle, DeGeneres, and Gervais, and it offered Schumer 26 times more per show than Mo’Nic’s. of,” the trial alleged, according to CBS News, In short, Netflix’s offer to Mo’Nique perpetuates the huge pay gap on black women in the American workforce.

“Despite Mo’Nique’s extensive resume and documented history of comedic success, when Netflix offered him an employment offer for a special stand-up comedy special, Netflix made a low-ball offer that was only part of other payments by Netflix. An excerpt was a (non-black female) comedian,” the lawsuit continues. “When the talent was not a black woman, Netflix offered to pay, and paid, astronomically more than what black women were paid.”

“Given her background and history of success, Mo’Nique was exactly the type of talent Netflix needed,” her lawyers said. “Mo’Nique had a proven track record of success in original stand-up material, having had years of filling stand-up positions, [and] She was widely regarded as one of the leading black female comedians of all time.”

The suit also noted a general pattern of gender and racial discrimination on Dreamer, highlighting instances when Claire Foy was paid significantly less than Matt Smith. Crown. It also mentioned a $20 million deal for Ellen DeGeneres and a $40 million deal for Ricky Gervais.

Mo’Nique wasn’t the first black woman to mourn Netflix’s payment for a comedy special; Wanda Sykes said Netflix offered her less than $250,000, an offer she declined. Sykes eventually agreed to a special because “he moved that comma,” Sykes explained. Diversity,

At the time, Netflix said in a statement“We care deeply about inclusion, equality and diversity and take any allegations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our initial offer to Mo’Nique was justified – which is why we Will fight this case.”

Netflix moved to dismiss the lawsuit in 2020, but, according to time limitJudge André Birote Jr. dismissed the attempt, saying, “Mo’Nique alleges that, when she spoke out and called her initial offer discriminatory, Netflix retaliated against her, citing its intention to negotiate in good faith.” Discontinued standard practice, which usually results in increased monetary compensation beyond the ‘initial offer’ and consequent denial of the increased compensation.”

The federal judge said, “While Netflix argues that the novelty of Mo’Nick’s claim and the absence of an on-point legal authority for it should outright block its retaliation claims, the Court disagrees.”

Mo’Nique noted the precedent-setting nature of her suit, which read instagram“I could admit that I felt discrimination paid off or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who would come after me. I chose to stand up.”

ET has reached out to Mo’Nique and Netflix for comment.

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