Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique has filed suit against streaming giant Netflix, alleging that they discriminated against her as a black woman. The lawsuit states that Netflix offered the star $500,000 to appear in a one-hour comedy special, while signing multi-million dollar deals with other comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres.

“The terms of Netflix’s offer to Mo’Nique were discriminatory based on her gender and race/color,” the suit states. “The offer tried to perpetuate the drastic pay gap experience by Black women” when compared to both men and white people. In January 2018, Mo’Nique called for her fans to boycott Netflix over the alleged offer. She has also complained in the past of having been “blackballed” in Hollywood for standing up for her rights.

The actress won the best supporting actress Oscar in 2010 for her role in the film “Precious.”

Mo’Nique Sues Netflix for Discrimination Almost Two Years After Calling for Boycott


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