LOS ANGELES – It was announced on Monday that two former Netflix employees who criticized Dave Chappelle’s anti-transgender comments in the TV special are dropping labor complaints, and one of them has resigned from the company.
Transgender senior software engineer Tyra Field announced that Field had voluntarily resigned on Sunday.
In a resignation letter posted online, Field said: “This is not the way I think things will end, but I am relieved to be closed.”
Chappelle’s “The Closer” first aired on October 1st and received millions of views. However, Chapelle’s derogatory comments on the transgender community caused protests within Netflix and activists. About 30 Netflix employees went on strike on October 20 and participated in a rally in Netflix’s Los Angeles office.
Field was suspended by the company after attending a business meeting with senior executives, but was quickly restored.
Field and B. Pagels-Minor, a game release operations project manager and a transgender person, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. They claimed that Netflix retaliated against workers to prevent them from talking about working conditions, including “the impact of Netflix’s products and product choices on the LGBTQ+ community.”
Netflix said in a statement on Monday: “We have resolved our differences by acknowledging the erosion of trust between both parties, and we hope that everyone can move on.”
Pagels-Minor admitted that they were employees fired by Netflix last month for allegedly disclosing confidential financial information about the fees it paid for “The Closer.” A Bloomberg news article cited this information.
Pagels-Minor denies these allegations.
Netflix has received widespread criticism not only on special shows, but also on how internal memos respond to employees’ concerns, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos’s assertion that “the content on the screen is not It will directly translate into harm in the real world”.
Sarandos also wrote that Netflix does not allow “films designed to incite hatred or violence. We don’t believe that “The Closer” crosses this line.”
Netflix continues to provide special programs for streaming media.
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