Two former Netflix employees who criticized anti-transgender comments on Dave Chappelle’s TV special are dropping work complaints, and one has resigned from the company, it was announced Monday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two former Netflix employees who criticized anti-transgender comments on Dave Chappelle’s TV special dropped job complaints, and one has resigned from the company, it was announced Monday.
Terra Field, a senior software engineer who is trans, announced that Field had voluntarily resigned from Sunday.
“It’s not like I thought things would end, but I’m relieved to have closed,” Field said in a letter of resignation posted online.
Chappelle’s “The Closer” aired for the first time on October 1 and received millions of views. However, Chapelle’s derogatory remarks about the transgender community raised protests within Netflix and from activists. About 30 Netflix employees staged a walkout on Oct. 20 and attended a meeting at Netflix offices in Los Angeles.
Field was suspended by the company after attending a business meeting for senior executives, but was quickly reinstated.
Field and B. Pagels-Minor, a program manager for gaming launch operations who are also trans, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. They claimed that Netflix retaliated against the workers for preventing them from talking about working conditions, including “Netflix’s products and the impact of its product choices on the LGBTQ + community.”
“We have resolved our differences in a way that recognizes the erosion of trust on both sides, and we hope everyone can move forward,” Netflix said in a statement Monday.
Pagels-Minor has acknowledged that they were the employee that Netflix fired last month for allegedly disclosing confidential financial information about what it paid for “The Closer.” The information was referenced in a Bloomberg news article.
Pagels-Minor has denied the allegations.
Netflix ran into a buzz-saw of criticism, not only with the special, but also with how internal notes responded to employees ‘concerns, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos’ claim that “content on screen is not directly translated into harm in the real world. “
Sarandos also wrote that Netflix does not allow titles “designed to incite hatred or violence, and we do not believe ‘The Closer’ crosses that line.”
Netflix continues to make the specialty available for streaming.
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