Terra Field, Netflix worker vital of Dave Chappelle, resigns, drops grievance


A Netflix worker who spoke out in opposition to Dave Chappelle’s debatable stand-up particular The Closer mentioned she has resigned, capping a risky duration for the streaming massive marked by means of protests, court cases and mea culpas.

The worker, Terra Field, a senior tool engineer, mentioned in a letter posted on-line that she voluntarily exited the corporate as of Sunday. Field, who’s transgender, has been vital of Chappelle’s Oct. 1 particular, which integrated remarks concerning the trans neighborhood many took as disparaging.

This isnt how I assumed issues would finish, however Im relieved to have closure, Field mentioned within the resignation letter posted overdue Monday.

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

The grievance alleged that the corporate saved staff from talking up about operating prerequisites. 

Dave Chappelle attends the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off Event at Netflix FYSEE At Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” drew a firestorm of grievance over what some deemed as transphobic jokes.
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Laurie Burgess, a hard work legal professional representing the previous staff mentioned Tuesday that the events resolved their variations with Netflix, however she declined to offer specifics concerning the negotiations, together with whether or not there was once a agreement.

My purchasers, Terra and B., are very brave and galvanizing folks and had been ready to make clear the most important subject in a considerate and significant method, Burgess mentioned.

Netflix didn’t go back 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 grievance in opposition to Netflix this week, after the 2 negotiated with their former employer.
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B. Pagels-Minor was once fired from Netflix closing month for allegedly leaking monetary data, together with what the streamer paid for The Closer, thatended up showing in a Bloomberg tale. Pagels-Minor denied the allegations.

Field, in the meantime, was once suspended in October, after she spoke out in opposition to Chappelle, for allegedly attending an internet assembly of senior Netflix executives with out permission. She was once briefly reinstated by means of the corporate.

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

The duo had helped arrange an worker walk-out on Oct. 20, which integrated a rally at Netflix workplaces in Los Angeles led by means of trans activists.

Chappelle supporters additionally got here out in droves, clashing with LGBTQ advocates, and wearing 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 grievance from celebrities and staff throughout the corporate amid suspensions and statements from Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos protecting Chappelles ingenious freedom.

On the eve of the protest, Sarandos admitted he screwed up his reaction to the fallout.

What I must have led with in the ones emails was once humanity, Sarandos informed The Wall Street Journal. I must have identified the truth that a bunch of our staff was once in reality hurting. 

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Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos got here out sturdy in want of Chappelle’s particular prior to admitting he “screwed up.”
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