Netflix has responded to comedian Mo'Nique racial discrimination lawsuit against them, denying that they have discriminated against her at all.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Netflix wants Mo'Nique's lawsuit, which accuses them of gender and racial discrimination, dismissed by the judge.
Mo'Nique first called foul after the streaming giants only offered her $500,000 for a comedy special while paying millions to male comedians as well as white female comedians.
"Plaintiff fails, however, to allege any facts showing that the compensation offered her was the product of discrimination. To the contrary, her Complaint contradicts its core premise by noting that other persons of color, other women, and another African- American woman (like Plaintiff) have been paid substantially more money to create comedy specials for Netflix's streaming service than what was offered to Plaintiff. And Plaintiff fails to explain why she was entitled to be offered what the stars to whom she compares herself were offered for creating such comedy specials."
Mo'Nique's lawsuit reads, "Despite Mo'Nique's extensive résumé, when presented with an opportunity to do an exclusive stand-up comedy special for Netflix, she was given a low-ball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix paid other comedians." The suit continues, "When the talent was not a Black woman, Netflix offered to pay, and did pay, astronomically more than it pays to Black women like it offered to Mo'Nique.
"Thus, Netflix reportedly offered or paid Rock, Chapelle, Degeneres, and Gervais forty (40) times more per show than it offered Mo'Nique, and it offered Schumer twenty-six (26) times more per show than Mo'Nique. In short, Netflix's offer to Mo'Nique perpetuates the drastic wage gap forced upon Black women in America's workforce."
It has not been made public exactly how much she is suing them for.