Comedian Mo’Nique is moving forward with her discrimination lawsuit against Netflix, as a California judge approved the case on Friday.
In 2017, The Parkers alum, whose real name is Monique Hicks, shared on social media that the streamer offered her $500,000 to create and perform a comedy special for them. The offer came after it was reported that fellow comic and actress Amy Schumer was paid $13 million for her 2017 deal with the company.
Several other performers, including Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Dave Chappelle, have been rewarded much higher paydays for lending their talents on the service.
Mo’Nique is claiming “racial and gender bias” for the reason she was offered a lower deal than her peers. Her reps claimed that the act was both disrespectful to the work she’s done, but it’s also illegal. According to Page Six, the suit that was filed explained why she should’ve been offered far more than what Netflix wanted her to receive.