Transgender Netflix Employee Quits After Dave Chappelle Comedy Special

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The controversy sparked protests within Netflix and an Oct. 20 rally at the company’s Los Angeles offices.    

One of the Netflix employees, who filed a labor claim against the company after it aired its Dave Chappelle comedy special, has resigned, the Associated Press reported.  

Terra Field, who was a senior software engineer at the company and who identifies as trans, announced the news on her website on Sunday.  

“This isn’t how I thought things would end, but I am relieved to have closure,” she wrote.  

Field and another Netflix employee, B. Pagels-Minor, both withdrew their labor complaints, according to AP.  

Following the release of Chappelle’s The Closer special, transgender activists and allies accused the comedian of making anti-trans comments. 

The controversy sparked protests within Netflix and an Oct. 20 rally at the company’s Los Angeles offices.  

Shortly after the special was released, Chappelle posted a clip from his documentary, seemingly doubling down on his comments.  

“If they had invited me, I would have accepted it, although I’m confused about what we’re speaking about,” he said in the clip he shared on Instagram. “I said what I said. And, boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I’m the only one that can’t go to the office anymore.”   

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Field was suspended by Netflix after attending a senior executive business meeting but was reinstated, according to AP.  

Field and Pagels-Minor alleged that the company retaliated against them to keep them from speaking up about working conditions.  

In a statement to AP, Netflix said that it has “resolved our differences in a way that acknowledges the erosion of trust on both sides and, we hope, enables everyone to move on.”  

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