Netflix fires organizer of trans employee strike motivated by controversial monologue by comedian Dave Chappelle


15 oct 2021 20:35 GMT

According to the portal The Verge, it would be a pregnant African-American woman whose contract was terminated on suspicion that she had leaked sensitive data related to the controversial program ‘The Closer’ to the media.

After a controversy broke out around comedian David Chappelle’s monologue ‘The Closer’ for his treatment of the LGBTQ community, Netflix decided to fire the organizer of a strike of trans employees scheduled for October 20 that urged colleagues to protest against the treatment of the situation by the company.

The woman’s identity has not been disclosed, although The Verge portal specifies that it is an African American employee who is currently pregnant. The worker’s contract was terminated on suspicion that she had leaked data regarding Chappelle’s program to the media. In particular, information about the amount of money paid by Netflix for the ‘show’ and its scope.

“We have fired an employee for sharing confidential and commercially sensitive information outside of the company. We understand that this employee may have been motivated by disappointment and pain with Netflix, but maintaining a culture of trust and transparency is critical to our company.” A spokesperson for the tech giant confirmed the news to The Verge.

Controversy surrounding Chappelle’s monologue erupted on October 7, when transgender employee Terra Field wrote on his Twitter account that the Chappelle edition “It attacks the trans community and the very validity of transsexuality.” In addition, Field tried to access a virtual meeting of senior executives, to discuss the matter, but they did not let her in. Later, Netflix suspended Field and two other employees, although she was later reinstated to her job.