A judge’s decision will allow Mo’nique’s lawsuit against Netflix to advance.
Actress/comedian Mo’nique’s lawsuit against streaming giant Netflix will continue after a judge refused to dismiss the case. The Oscar-winning actress is suing the company for gender and racial discrimination in terms of pay.
Netflix’s Mo’nique problem won’t go away anytime soon as the second motion to dismiss the case got denial from Judge Andre Birrote Jr.
In a statement, Judge Birrote said: “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.”
Mo’nique’s lawsuit against Netflix comes from a $500,000 offer to do a comedy special for the streaming service. However, the award-winning, box office sellout actress feels that the proposal was a “discriminatory low ball offer”.
Other comedians such as Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, and Ellen Degeneres got millions to do their specials.
Thus, lawyers for Mo’ nique are arguing that Netflix’s offer was representative of the “pay gap suffered by black women”.
Additionally, Netflix made it worse by discontinuing negotiations. This alone could prove to be the nail in the coffin because it’ doesn’t follow the “good faith” standard of bargaining.
The timing of this case could not be worse for the company because the streaming wars are heating up. Disney +, HBO max, and Apple TV are the new massive players, while peacock, Qubi, and others are the little fish. Either way, Netflix is no longer the only shark in the water, and even with positive numbers this quarter. The company still has an uphill battle in holding its ground as the number 1 streaming company.
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