Trans Netflix engineer quits; Legal case against the withdrawn company

Two transgender people who worked at Netflix withdrew the unfair labor practices complaints they had filed against the company, and the one who was still working resigned.

Terra Field, an engineer who was suspended and eventually reinstated, and B. Pagels-Minor, a product manager who was fired, filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board last month alleging that Netflix illegally retaliated against them. for denouncing the last comedian Dave Chappelle. Netflix Special, The closest, in which he made transphobic and homophobic remarks.

They and the company confirmed on Monday that the complaints had been withdrawn, the Los Angeles Times reports. Netflix released a statement saying, “We have resolved our differences in a way that recognizes the erosion of trust on both sides and, we hope, keeps everyone moving forward.”

The parties declined to provide further information to the Times, such as if a settlement had been reached – one of the possible outcomes of a complaint to the NLRB – or if Netflix had changed its policy. The streaming service had refused to remove the Chappelle special, with co-CEO Ted Sarandos saying Chappelle’s jokes did not reach the level of hate speech, but he later said the company could have handled the matter better. . LGBTQ + workers and their supporters staged a walkout on October 20 to protest Netflix’s support for Chappelle.

Field however tweeted that she quit Netflix as of this week. “This is not how I thought things would end, but I am relieved to have the closure,” she said in her resignation, attached to his tweet. She praised the team for her workspace at Netflix, as well as the trans employee resource group and the diversity and inclusion team.

She singled out Pagels-Minor by saying, “When I was looking to change teams at Netflix, when I was trying to decide if I needed a break from my role as ERG manager, and when I was was suspended from Netflix in October, there was one person I sought advice from in all three cases: B. Pagels-Minor. Shortly after B. was fired for something I didn’t do and I don’t believe they did, I made a decision: sink or swim, I was going to walk coast side by side with B. as they had done for many of us while they were leading the Trans * ERG.

Pagels-Minor gave birth to a son last week, Field wrote. “They are both happy and healthy, and for me that is the note on which I would like this chapter of my life to end,” she continued. “I want to focus on the joy, not the sorrow.”

Netflix argued that Field and Pagels-Minor were punished not for reporting Chapels but for other reasons: Field for attempting to attend a meeting she was not invited to and Pagels-Minor for having disclosed internal data to the press. Both workers disputed this.

The NLRB, an independent agency of the federal government responsible for investigating unfair labor practices, investigates all complaints it receives, and it can arrange for a settlement between employees and employers or, if no settlement can be reached. concluded, hold a hearing before an administrative judge, who then renders a decision in the case. Decisions can be appealed to the courts.

Field said she “will take a month to rest, recover and think about what I want to do next.” She said he has been working virtually non-stop since 2003. “I hope time allows me to remember the things that I love and miss about this job,” she added.