Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique is officially suing Netflix for what she says is discriminatory behavior. This comes following continued accusations Mo’Nique has made against the company since November 2017. Although Mo’Nique did not accept this low offer, she went on a public campaign calling for a boycott of Netflix. This lawsuit is based upon the fact the streaming platform offered Amy Schumer $11 million (ultimately received $13 million) for a stand-up special while they only offered Mo’Nique $500,000.
The filling reads, “when the talent was not a Black woman, Netflix offered to pay, and did pay, astronomically more than it pays to Black women like it offered to Mo’Nique.”
Mo’Nique also says Netflix offered a $100 million deal to Jerry Seinfeld for two stand-up specials and an interview series, $60 million to Dave Chappell for three specials, and $40 million to Chris Rock for two specials.
In the suit filed in Los Angeles County she claims that Netflix lacks diversity which is evident in their practices that negatively affect minority talent. She also specifically calls the Chief Communications Officer for using the N-word and allowing Kevin Spacey to use the derogatory word during the filming of “House of Cards.”
The lawsuit filed on her behalf by attorneys at the deRubertis Law Firm, APC and Schimmel & Parks, APLC, claims Mo’Nique was “given a low-ball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix paid other comedians.” In In the 39-page file it included unspecified damages, and for an injunction forcing the company to change its discriminatory policies.