For offering her a trivial sum compared to other whites and male performers, Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Netflix.
The streaming giant had offered the actress $500,000 to make a stand-up comedy but she rejected the sum.
Mo’Nique in the lawsuit filed at a Los Angeles court yesterday (November 14), described the sum as a “discriminatory low-ball offer”, adding that it was because she is a black woman.
“I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me,” she said in an Instagram post.
“I chose to stand up,” she affirmed.
Meanwhile, Netflix has refuted the claims and agreed to battle it in court.
“We care deeply about inclusion, equity, and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously,”
“We believe our opening offer to Mo’Nique was fair — which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”
The lawsuit claimed that the service sum offered to Mo’Nique “perpetuated the pay gap suffered by black women.”
“There apparently is a ceiling when it comes to Netflix’s willingness to pay a talent of certain demographics, namely, black women,” it said.
It referenced male comedians like Jerry Seinfield, Eddie Murphy and Ricky Gervais, who are notably on the high-brow payroll of Netflix.
Although she has not been on screens since 2016 after starring in the movie “Almost Christmas”, 51-year-old Monique Hicks is also a refined singer and comedian.
In 2009, She won the best-supporting actress Academy Award for her unique role as an abusive mother in the movie “Precious”, directed by Lee Daniels.