Updated Oct 2, 2019

Plácido Domingo resigns from the LA Opera over sexual misconduct allegations

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Singer Plácido Domingo, who faces accusations of sexual misconduct by at least 2o women, resigned from the LA Opera on Wednesday, just over a week after he withdrew from the Metropolitan Opera's Verdi's "Macbeth" production.

Driving the news: LA Opera President and CEO Christopher Koelsch said that internal investigations into harassment allegations against Domingo will "continue until its resolution," the LA Times reports. Meanwhile, the Met's statement on Domingo's withdrawal seemed to suggest the company asked him to leave, the NYT reports.

  • As originally reported by AP, Domingo's accusers alleged he tried to pressure them "into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances."

Context: Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb told Met employees in September that he had not investigated or suspended Domingo "because the women came forward only to the AP and not to other credible news outlets as well," NPR reports.

  • The Met fired famed conductor James Levine last year after an internal investigation found "credible evidence that Mr. Levine had engaged in 'sexually abusive and harassing conduct,'" as described by the Met.

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#MeToo movement drives more state-mandated sexual harassment training

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A handful of new, individual state regulations has resulted in mandatory sexual harassment training for 20% of the workers in the U.S., Bloomberg reports.

Context: That means 1 in 5 workers are now offered such education, as opposed to 1 in 100 as of 2 years ago, Bloomberg adds.

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American workers say #MeToo movement won't change workplace culture

Activists participate in the 2018 #MeToo March in November 2018 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Sarah Morris/Getty Images

Most Americans say the nationwide sexual misconduct and racial diversity conversations will have little impact in their own place of work, according to a poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Why it matters: Allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace are on the rise. More than 7,600 sexual harassment claims were filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions in 2018, a 14% bump from the year before.

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NYT: DOJ distances itself from Rudy Giuliani

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Department of Justice officials wouldn't have met with Rudy Giuliani about a fraud case had they known that federal prosecutors were investigating two of his business associates, a DOJ official told the New York Times Sunday.

Why it matters: The highly unusual statement by DOJ spokesperson Peter Carr to the NYT clearly distances the department from President Trump's personal lawyer, whose associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman have been indicted in New York on campaign finance charges.

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