The comedian, who has been in this battle with Netflix for a while, is taking the fight to the next level.
Mo’Nique is claiming that Netflix offered her $500,000 to shoot a Netflix comedy special for the streaming giant, and has now filed a lawsuit alleging gender and racial discrimination.
According to CBS, her suit references way larger pay packets for other comedians. The suit references a $40 million deal for Chris Rock, a $60 million deal for Dave Chappelle, a $20 million deal for Ellen DeGeneres, a $40 million deal for Ricky Gervais and an $11 million deal for Amy Schumer.
“Netflix reportedly offered or paid Rock, Chappelle, DeGeneres and Gervais 40 times more per show than it offered Mo’Nique, and it offered Schumer 26 times more per show than Mo’Nique,” the lawsuit states. “In short, Netflix’s offer to Mo’Nique perpetuates the drastic wage gap forced upon Black women in the American workforce.”
Mo’Nique, through her Instagram page, has confirmed the legal action. She wrote:
“I had a choice to make,” she said. “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.”
“We care deeply about inclusion, equity and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously,” the company said in a statement. “We believe our opening offer to Mo’Nique was fair — which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit.”