Steve Marcus / AP
LOS ANGELES – Two former Netflix employees who slammed anti-trans comments on Dave Chappelle’s TV special drop work complaints and one has quit the company, it has been said announced Monday.
Terra Field, a senior software engineer who is trans, announced that Field voluntarily stepped down on Sunday.
“That’s not how I thought things would end, but I’m relieved to have the shutdown,” Field said in a resignation letter posted online.
Chappelle’s “The Closer” first aired on October 1 and has gained millions of views.
However, Chapelle’s disparaging remarks about the transgender community sparked protests within Netflix and activists. About 30 Netflix employees staged a walkout on October 20 and joined a rally at Netflix’s Los Angeles offices.
Field was suspended by the company after attending a business meeting for senior executives, but was quickly reinstated.
Field and B. Pagels-Minor, a game launch operations program manager who is also trans, have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. They alleged that Netflix retaliated against workers to prevent them from talking about working conditions, including “Netflix’s products and the impact of its product choices on the LGBTQ + community.”
“We have resolved our differences in a way that recognizes the erosion of trust on both sides and hopefully keeps everyone moving forward,” Netflix said in a statement Monday.
Pagels-Minor admitted that this was the employee Netflix fired last month for allegedly disclosing confidential financial information about what he paid. The closest. The information was referenced in a Bloomberg article.
Pagels-Minor has denied the allegations.
Netflix has met a buzz of critics not only with the special, but also over how the internal ratings have responded to employee concerns, including co-CEO Ted Sarandos’ claim that “the content at the ‘screen does not translate directly into damage in the real world. “
Sarandos also wrote that Netflix doesn’t allow titles “designed to incite hatred or violence, and we don’t think” The Closer “crosses that line.”
Netflix continues to make the special available for streaming.