July 16, 2021
A former legal affairs director at Netflix has sued the streaming behemoth, alleging racial discrimination and gender bias, among other issues.
In the lawsuit, filed July 13 in U.S. Superior Court in Los Angeles, Nandini Mehta alleges she was terminated after calling out the company’s tax set-up in India to senior management.
Mehta, an Indian citizen hired in 2018 and working in Netflix’s Mumbai and Beverly Hills, Calif., offices, claims she was “systematically discriminated against” after questioning the streamer’s tax liability strategy, according to the complaint. Mehta claims she was warned by superiors to drop the matter.
Netflix, in a statement to the Los Angeles Times, claims the allegations about the streamer’s corporate structure in India are untrue.
“The structure we established in India is typical for multinational companies and reflects our business needs and the relevant governmental rules,” Netflix said.
Netflix entered the Indian market in 2016 following a global rollout. It reportedly has more than 2 million subs in the region.
The suit contends Mehta was fired in April for using her corporate credit card for personal expenses. Mehta, in her suit, calls the claims “bogus,” claiming she was authorized to use the card for personal expenses.
Netflix says such authorization is untrue, and counters Mehta was warned to stop using her card for non-business expenses.
“Ms. Mehta was fired from Netflix for repeatedly using her corporate credit card for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses,” said the streamer. “Mehta was instructed not to use her corporate card for personal expenses and given ample opportunity to correct her behavior. She did not and her employment was terminated as a result. We are confident her claims will be found to be totally lacking in merit.”
Separately, three movie marketing executives were reportedly let go after a group discussion about their boss — chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John — was revealed on a social media platform.
“The depiction of the Slack messages in question being critical of marketing leadership is untrue,” Netflix said in a statement.
Saint John was hired in 2020 following high-profile stints at Endeavor, Uber and Apple.