July 22, 2020
Emmy nominee Mo’Nique progresses with her discrimination lawsuit against movie streaming platform, Netflix.
Though Netflix’s revenue continues to expand, the streamer's odds in the law court have depleted as a second motion to dismiss Mo'Nique's lawsuit claims against them was denied.
Mo'Nique at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 28, 2012 | Photo: Getty Images
According to a document of the multi-claim complaint obtained, “Netflix’s treatment of Mo’Nique began with a discriminatory low-ball offer and ended with a blacklisting act of retaliation.”
In a ruling by the U.S. District Court Judge, the streamer's motion to tank the retaliation claim levied against them was denied despite arguing that Mo’Nique’s claims were a first and her suit lacks on-point legal authority
Netflix logo is seen displayed on TV screen in this illustration photo taken in Poland on July 16, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
The lawsuit, which was filed by the actress and comedian last November, seems to be going in her favor in light of new incriminatory complaints as reported by Deadline.
Following her 2017 proposed deal with the platform, Mo’Nique alleged that she was offered $500,000 for a stand-up special. According to her, this was illegal and insulting as other comedians like Amy Schumer, Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dave Chappelle had received tens of millions for theirs.
In a ruling by the U.S. District Court Judge, the streamer's motion to tank the retaliation claim levied against them was denied despite arguing that Mo’Nique’s claims were a first and her suit lacks on-point legal authority. In addition, her lawyers declared that Netflix's move reflected the pay discrimination many black women like Mo’Nique face.
It would be recalled that before suing the streaming giant, the Queen of Comedy headliner called for a public boycott of Netflix. With no response from the organization on renegotiation, some months later, she filed the retaliation claim.
In response, the company's spokesperson sent a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that they were willing to go to court as they believed their offer was fair. In January, the outlet reported that Netflix’s attorney in the first motion to dismiss Mo'Nique's claim had tagged it "nonsensical."
USA Today notes that the streaming platform is yet to release a statement on the latest development on the matter. There is also no new comment from the Oscar award-winning actress.
NBC News, however, recalls that in November, when she confirmed the institutional discrimination lawsuit, she stated that she was not only fighting for herself but every other person that have experienced the same thing.