Terra Field — the transgender Netflix employee who went on the attack over the streaming platform’s decision to debut comedian Dave Chapelle’s latest special — is “relieved to have closure” after leaving the entertainment company.
The software engineer decided to leave Netflix in response to the streaming service’s decision to fire B. Pagels-Minor, who is also transgender, after Pagels-Minor reportedly shared proprietary financial information regarding Chapelle’s contract with Netflix.
“This isn’t how I thought things would end, but I am relieved to have closure,” Field wrote in a resignation letter posted online, continuing:
When I was looking to change teams at Netflix, when I was trying to decide if I needed a break from my [Trans* Employee Resource Group] leadership role, and when I was suspended from Netflix in October, there was one person whose advice I sought in all three cases: B. Pagels-Minor. Shortly after B. was fired for something I did not and do not believe they did, I made a decision: sink or swim, I was going to walk side by side with B. as they had for so many of us while they led the Trans* ERG.
Field and Pagels-Minor initially filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, arguing Netflix retaliated against them for speaking out against Chapelle’s special, “The Closer,” which debuted on the streaming platform Oct. 1.
Before ultimately dropping the complaint, Field and Pagels-Minor claimed Netflix subjected them to negative working conditions due to their efforts to “create a safe and supportive work environment for Netflix employees, talking about Netflix products, and the impact of their produce choices on the LGBTQ+ community, and supporting employees who have been treated in an illegal and disparate manner by Netflix.”
Those charges, though, have been dropped.
In a statement to The Los Angeles Times, a Netflix representative said the involved parties “have resolved our differences in a way that recognizes the erosion of trust on both sides and, hopefully, allows everyone to move on.” The withdrawal of the complaint coincided with Field’s resignation.
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Chapelle, for his part, responded to the criticism in late October.
“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees of Netflix and I refused,” he said in a statement shared to his Instagram. “That is not true — if they had invited me, I would have accepted it, although I am confused about what we would be speaking about.”
“I said what I said, and, boy, I heard what you said,” the comedian continued. “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.”
Furthermore, Chapelle did concede he would be willing to meet with those in the transgender community, but only under his conditions.
“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me,” he said. “I am not bending to anybody’s demands. And if you want to meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have some conditions.”
“First of all,” he continued, “you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing, at a time of my choosing.”
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