Transgender former Netflix employees drop complaint over Dave Chappelle

Two former Netflix employees dropped a labor complaint against the company regarding Dave Chappelle's recent special, Netflix announced Monday.

Terra Field, a transgender ex-employee, announced her resignation from the company Monday after Netflix fired another transgender employee for allegedly releasing confidential financial information about the special. That employee in question, B. Pagels-Minor, has denied the allegations.

"This isn't how I thought things would end, but I'm relieved to have closure," Field said in her letter. "Shortly after B. was fired for something I did not and do not believe they did, I made a decision: sink or swim, I was going to walk side by side with B. as they had for so many of us."

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Netflix confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press that Field dropped the complaint.

"We have resolved our differences in a way that acknowledges the erosion of trust on both sides and, we hope, enables everyone to move on," Netflix said.

Field and Minor filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board last month alleging Netflix punished employees who spoke up against working conditions.

Chappelle's special aired on Oct. 1, immediately facing backlash for his jokes about the transgender community. Netflix employees were among the most vocal, staging a walkout on Oct. 20 in protest.

"Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact," Chappelle said during the special.

He also defended author J.K. Rowling, who came under fire after a 2019 tweet stating, "Dress however you please ... But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real?"

Chappelle has not apologized, instead welcoming the criticism by saying, "If this is what being canceled is like, I love it."

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended Netflix's decision to continue hosting the special in an internal memo. Sarandos said although Netflix does not support titles that incite hate or violence, the company doesn't believe the show "crosses the line." The program is still available for streaming.

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Field had previously been suspended from the company after crashing a meeting of high-level executives but was reinstated shortly after.

Representatives for Netflix did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

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