Mo'Nique has officially filed a lawsuit against Neflix, accusing the streaming service of pay discrimination. She took to Instagram to share the news and explained her decision behind the lawsuit. The comedienne wrote, "Hey, My Loves. I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix."
She continued, "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 choose to stand up. I don't have any further comment at this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."
According to TMZ, Mo'Nique alleged in the lawsuit that Netflix paid Amy Schumer $13 million for a comedy special, and that race and gender played a role in her only being offered $500,000.
Mo'Nique's attorney, Michael W. Parks, said in a statement, "Netflix is one of Hollywood's most innovative companies, yet it not only perpetuates racial and gender inequality, it also takes advantage of a gender pay gap that disproportionately affects black women, who nationwide make only 61 cents for every dollar white males bring home. When Mo'Nique, one of the most well-known black female comedians in America, faced that anachronistic attitude, she knew it was time to challenge the status quo."
Mo'Nique asked that fans stand with her and boycott Netflix in January 2018 after receiving the lowball offer.