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Fox News fined $1M by New York City Human Rights Commission

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FILE- People pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York on Aug. 1, 2017. New York City’s human rights commission has fined Fox News $1 million for violation of laws protecting against sexual harassment and job retaliation. It’s the largest such penalty in the commission’s history. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Fox News Channel agreed to pay a $1 million fine to the New York City Human Rights Commission as part of a settlement related to it’s previous handling of sexual harassment and retaliation claims.

The fine is the largest in the Commission’s history.

The Commission said Fox News’s million dollar penalty was based on the maximum fine of $250,000 for each of four violations cited in the settlement agreement.

In 2016, Fox News parted ways with its CEO Roger Ailes, after claims of harassment and retaliation were brought on by former Fox & Friends Gretchen Carlson.

Reports of the sexual misconduct were revealed to the media as a part of the #MeToo movement.

Despite Fox News’s claims to have repaired the company’s toxic workplace culture since the firing of founder and chairman Roger Ailes in July 2016.

Fox News has effectively admitted to ongoing misconduct that includes sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and retaliation against victimized employees.

The settlement agreement was reached last week with the human rights commission.

Fox News is also required to remove mandatory confidential arbitration clauses from contracts of on-air talent along with other employees and contributors for a period of four years when they file legal claims under the city’s human-rights law outside of the company’s internal process.

The Commission said it began its investigation of Fox News in July 2016.