Netflix employees who slammed Dave Chappelle’s special labor complaint | Netflix
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Two former Netflix employees who criticized Dave Chappelle’s comments against the trans community on his TV show drop their work complaints and one has quit the company, he said. we announced Monday.
Terra Field, a Netflix software engineer who is trans, announced her voluntary resignation from the streaming company on Monday.
Field had spoken out against Netflix for promoting comedian’s special The Closer, saying Chapelle’s comments were damaging to transgender people and the LGBTQ + community. She was suspended during controversy for attending a workplace meeting for senior executives where she was not permitted and was later reinstated.
“That’s not how I thought it would end, but I’m relieved to have the shutdown,” Field said of his resignation in a letter posted online.
Field has dropped a labor complaint against Netflix filed with the National Labor Relations Board. Field and B Pagels-Minor, a game launch operations program manager who is also trans, alleged that Netflix retaliated against workers to prevent them from talking about working conditions.
Pagels-Minor was fired by Netflix last month for allegedly leaking confidential financial information about what he paid for The Closer to Bloomberg reporters, who referred to the numbers in an article. Pagels-Minor has denied the allegations.
Field and Pagels-Minor said the company banned employees from speaking out about “Netflix products and the impact of its product choices on the LGBTQ + community.” But Pagels-Minor and Field have since dropped the labor complaints.
“We have resolved our differences in a way that recognizes the erosion of trust on both sides and hopefully keeps everyone moving forward,” Netflix said in a statement Monday.
The Closer first aired on October 1, 2021 and has garnered millions of views. But Chapelle’s derogatory remarks about the transgender community sparked protests within Netflix and activists. About 30 Netflix employees staged a walkout on October 20 and joined a rally at Netflix’s Los Angeles offices. Dozens of the streaming giant’s customers also tweeted their decisions to suspend their subscriptions in protest.
Netflix has faced criticism not only with the special, but also over how the internal memos have responded to employee concerns, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos’ assertion that “the content at the ‘screen does not translate directly into damage in the real world. “
Sarandos also wrote that Netflix does not allow titles “designed to incite hatred or violence, and we don’t think The Closer crosses that line.”
Netflix continues to make the special available for streaming. Netflix last reported 209 million paid subscriptions globally after adding just 1.5 million in its most recent quarter.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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