The #MeToo movement strikes again
The #metoo movement strikes again, this time against Fox News. Fox has faced its share of sexual harassment scandals over the last few years, involving those at the top of the network, such as CEO Roger Ailes and former talk-show host Bill O’Reilly. Those scandals caught the attention of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, which levied a $1 million penalty against Fox, the highest in the history of the Commission after investigating what’s been called a “culture of pervasive sexual harassment and retaliation at the network.” And that’s not all – Fox agreed that for the next four years, it will not force employees with claims against the company to arbitrate those claims; it will hold regular training sessions on sexual harassment prevention for its employees and executives; and will implement a robust complaint system for reporting discrimination and harassment complaints. The waiver of forced arbitration is arguably as impressive as the $1 million penalty as arbitration clauses are frequently used to deter sexual harassment and discrimination victims.
For anyone concerned about the #metoo movement dying down, this is evidence that it is alive and kicking.