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New York City's Commission on Human Rights announced Tuesday that Fox News has agreed to pay a $1 million penalty following an investigation into workplace culture stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct by founder Roger Ailes.

Why it matters: The investigation "into a series of high-profile reports" alleged "a culture of pervasive sexual harassment and retaliation at the network," the commission said in a statement, noting this was the largest civil penalty it had ever ordered.

  • The settlement "aims to create long-term change with respect to how Fox News addresses allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation," the commission added.

Details: Under the agreement, Fox News must for the next four years waive arbitration clauses in contracts it has with employees for any claims brought against the network under New York City’s Human Rights Law.

  • The company must also hold regular sexual harassment prevention training for all its New York City employees and implement "a policy and complaint procedure for reporting of discrimination and harassment complaints" for at least two years.

What they're saying: Fox News said in a statement to news outlets that it's "pleased to reach an amicable resolution of this legacy matter."

  • "Fox News Media has already been in full compliance across the board, but cooperated with the New York City Commission on Human Rights to continue enacting extensive preventive measures against all forms of discrimination and harassment," the statement added.

Background: Ailes resigned as chair and CEO of Fox News in 2016 after women including former Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson publicly accused him of making unwanted advances toward them when they worked at at the network. He died in 2017.

  • Fox News canceled the show of former host Bill O'Reilly after reviewing sexual harassment allegations against him.
  • The network paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements following the allegations leveled against the pair, both of whom denied any wrongdoing.

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The CEO of NWSL's Washington Spirit resigned on Tuesday following abuse allegations against the team's former coach and criticism of a toxic work environment.

Why it matters: The resignation of Steve Baldwin, who served as controlling owner and top executive of the Washington women's soccer team, comes as NWSL players speak out about cases of harassment and abuse and demand change across the league.

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Over 200,000 children sexually abused by French clergy, report finds

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An independent commission said Tuesday that more than 200,000 minors have been sexually abused by Roman Catholic clergy members in France since 1950, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The report by Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church, which was established at the request of the Catholic Church, comes amid a nationwide reckoning with sexual abuse in France.

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Blue Origin employees accuse company of mishandling harassment allegations

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A letter signed by 21 current and former employees of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin accuses the company of mishandling harassment allegations and raises questions about its culture.

The big picture: Blue Origin is trying to compete with SpaceX and others for lucrative government contracts but it's facing employee attrition rates as high as 20%, according to a report from CNBC.