The city human rights commission launched the complaint process in December 2018, following allegations of sexual misconduct against top figures at the network
Fox News has agreed to pay a record-breaking $1 million fine to New York City’s human rights commission, for what the watchdog said was a “pattern of violating of the NYC Human Rights Law,” as the network struggles to reform itself amid accusations of sexual harassment and a toxic workplace culture in recent years.
As part of the settlement, the cable news behemoth will significantly curtail its use of mandatory confidential arbitration, contractual clauses which alleged victims of harassment said was used to silence complaints against former top figures at the channel like chairman Roger Ailes and others.
The commission also demanded “immediate changes to policies surrounding reporting sexual harassment, retaliation, training, and compliance with the NYC Human Rights Law,” it said in a statement, and will monitor the network for two years to ensure compliance. Employees will be trained on how to identify “retaliation” against those reporting misconduct, and how to intervene in and report problems they encounter directly, selon La bête quotidienne, which reported the news. « Nous sommes heureux de parvenir à une résolution à l'amiable de cette question d'héritage,” the network told L'indépendant dans un rapport. “FOX News Media has already been in full compliance across the board, mais a coopéré avec la Commission des droits de l'homme de la ville de New York pour continuer à mettre en œuvre des mesures préventives étendues contre toutes les formes de discrimination et de harcèlement.