Mo’Nique gets a win in her fight with Netflix.
Deadline reports that a federal judge has denied Netflix’s second motion to dismiss Mo’Nique’s sexual and racial discrimination lawsuit citing bias in Netflix’s decision to pay Mo’Nique less than other comedians for a proposed comedy special in 2017.
In the 2019 suit, Mo’Nique cites that Netflix’s offer of $500,000 pales in comparison to the millions of dollars the service has forked out for other comedians’ comedy specials, including Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer, among others. The suit alleges that Netflix’s mistreatment included a “discriminatory low-ball offer and ended with a blacklisting act of retaliation.”
Thursday, Judge Andre Birotte Jr. agreed with Mo’Nique’s assessment of her situation with Netflix, saying that “Mo’Nique plausibly alleges that, after she spoke out and called the 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.”
This is a huge feather in Mo’Nique’s cap, as she has long sounded the alarm on discriminatory behavior levied against her in career. Most notably, she has spoken out against Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey for a list of grievances, including allegedly being blacklisted by Daniels after starring in Precious.