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Netflix staffer Terra Field resigns, drops complaint over Dave Chappelle

A Netflix worker who spoke out in opposition to Dave Chappelle’s controversial stand-up particular “The Closer” mentioned she has resigned, capping a risky interval for the streaming large marked by protests, lawsuits and mea culpas.

The worker, Terra Field, a senior software engineer, mentioned in a letter posted on-line that she voluntarily exited the company as of Sunday. Field, who’s transgender, has been vital of Chappelle’s Oct. 1 particular, which included remarks in regards to the trans group many took as disparaging.

“This isn’t how I thought things would end, but I’m relieved to have closure,” Field mentioned within the resignation letter posted late Monday.

The identical day as her resignation, Field and her former coworker, B. Pagels-Minor, a recreation launch operations program supervisor who is also trans, dropped a complaint in opposition to Netflix filed with the National Labor Relations Board, based on the streaming large.

The complaint alleged that the company stored staff from talking up about working situations. 

Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” drew a firestorm of criticism over what some deemed as transphobic jokes.
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Laurie Burgess, a labor lawyer representing the previous staff mentioned Tuesday that the events resolved their variations with Netflix, however she declined to supply specifics in regards to the negotiations, together with whether or not there was a settlement.

“My clients, Terra and B., are very courageous and inspiring people and were able to shed light on an important topic in a thoughtful and meaningful way,” Burgess mentioned.

Netflix didn’t return requests for remark.

The Netflix Inc. stand-up comedy special 'Dave Chappelle: The Closer' trailer on a laptop computer arranged in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, U.S
B. Pagels-Minor and Terra Field withdrew their complaint in opposition to Netflix this week, after the 2 negotiated with their former employer.
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B. Pagels-Minor was fired from Netflix final month for allegedly leaking monetary info, together with what the streamer paid for “The Closer,” that ended up showing in a Bloomberg story. Pagels-Minor denied the allegations.

Field, in the meantime, was suspended in October, after she spoke out in opposition to Chappelle, for allegedly attending an internet meeting of senior Netflix executives with out permission. She was shortly reinstated by the company.

 General view of a Netflix billboard above Hollywood Blvd promoting Dave Chappelle's controversial comedy special 'The Closer'
“The Closer” drew mounting criticism from celebrities and Netflix staff when it debuted in October.
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The former software engineer mentioned her resignation was due partially to Pagels-Minor’s exit.

The duo had helped manage an worker walk-out on Oct. 20, which included a rally at Netflix places of work in Los Angeles led by trans activists.

Chappelle supporters additionally got here out in droves, clashing with LGBTQ advocates, and carrying indicators bearing slogans like “Jokes are Funny” and “We Like Dave.”

People rally in support of the Netflix transgender walkout and others in support of comedy and free speech, on October 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California
Last month’s rally drew a mixture of Chappelle supporters and transgender rights advocates.
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In the weeks main as much as the walkout, Netflix confronted mounting criticism from celebrities and staff contained in the company amid suspensions and statements from Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos defending Chappelle’s “creative freedom.”

On the eve of the protest, Sarandos admitted he “screwed up” his response to the fallout.

“What I should have led with in those emails was humanity,” Sarandos told The Wall Street Journal. “I should have recognized the fact that a group of our employees was really hurting.” 

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Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos got here out robust in favor of Chappelle’s particular earlier than admitting he “screwed up.”
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