An Academy Award-winning actress filed a lawsuit Thursday against Netflix, accusing the streaming service of gender and racial discrimination. Buzzfeed reports that Mo’Nique, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2010 for her supporting role in “Precious,” filed the suit.
“The star has alleged that Netflix’s offer of $500,000 for an hour-long stand-up special two years ago, compared to the millions paid to other comedians, ‘perpetuated the pay gap suffered by black women,'” Buzzfeed reports. “Black women are typically paid 61 cents for every dollar paid to white men, according to Lean In, a site that campaigns for more equitable workplaces.”
The report quotes the lawsuit stating: “Mo’Nique objected to Netflix’s discriminatory pay offer, pointed out how it was discriminatory and asked Netflix to do the right thing by negotiating fair pay with her. In response, Netflix did the opposite. It dug its heels in the ground, refused to negotiate fairly and stood behind its discriminatory offer.”
Netflix said it will fight the suit, saying in a statement: “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.”
Mo’Nique commented on the lawsuit on her Instagram account, writing: “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. I chose to stand up.”
Her complete Instagram post can be seen below …