It’s been almost two years since Mo’Nique tried to organize a boycott of Netflix over alleged discrimination in how they paid comedians for original comedy specials. And now she’s getting more serious about those allegations– she’s filed a lawsuit in Federal Court.
In 2018, Mo’Nique became enraged after learning that Netflix was paying other comedians significantly more money for comedy specials. For example, Netflix paid Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million, and they paid Amy Schumer $11 million for original stand up hours. (Amy, by the way also complained and negotiated for another $2 million after the fact, after learning Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle got $20 million). But they only offered Mo’Nique $500,000 for an hour special. She turned them down, and now she’s alleging a serious pay gap, but also discrimination, and a lack of diversity at the company based on events that she had no specific connection to (like the n-word being used at a meeting by an executive who was later fired from the company, and an alleged pay disparity on the set of Netflix series The Crown).
She’s suing for damages, and for an injunction barring the company from further discriminatory practices.
Mo’Nique is a Grammy nominated and Academy Award winning comedian and actress, best known for her role in Precious, as one of the Queens of Comedy, host of The Mo’Nique Show on BET, the HBO biopic Bessie, and for her role on UPN’s The Parkers.