Oscar-winning actress and comedian Mo'Nique has been at odds with Netflix (NFLX) - Get Netflix Inc. Report for years over what she sees as a lowball offer from the streaming service for her comedy special.
On Thursday she sued the company.
Mo'Nique claims that Netflix offered her $500,000 for her comedy special, compared with the reported $60 million comedian Dave Chappelle received in his multispecial deal, NBC News reported.
Mo'Nique filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday.
Fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld reportedly signed a $100 million deal with Netflix in 2017.
"Despite Mo'Nique's extensive résumé and documented history of comedic success, when Netflix presented her with an offer of employment for an exclusive stand-up comedy special, Netflix made a lowball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix paid other (non-Black female) comedians," said the lawsuit, which was filed on her behalf by attorneys at the deRubertis Law Firm and Schimmel & Parks.
Mo'Nique's lawsuit comes a day after the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving Byron Allen, the founder of U.S. television production company Entertainment Studios, against Comcast (CMCSA) - Get Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock Report .
The suit alleges that in 2010 while Comcast and NBCUniversal were still in merger talks, Comcast entered what it termed as "voluntary diversity agreements," or memoranda of understanding, with Al Sharpton and the NAACP, among others, in order to provide it cover for its lack of interest in contracting 100% African-American-owned media companies.
The crux of the suit is that Comcast created an unequal "Jim Crow" process for considering licensing contracts with black-owned and white-owned media through the MOU program.
Comcast couldn't be reached for comment.
Netflix shares were trading up 2.2% at $289.36 Thursday.