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Lawmakers Urge a Ban on NDA Agreements in Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Legislation has been proposed to outlaw non-disclosure agreements (NDA) in sexual harassment lawsuits, which Harvey Weinstein used for decades to cover up his crimes.
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A California lawmaker is proposing legislation to ban confidential settlement agreements in sexual harassment cases, attempting to put an end to a decades-long practice that allowed Harvey Weinstein and others like him to avoid punishment for their alleged crimes.

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What’s the Problem?

October 26, 2017 – California Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino) said she will introduce legislation early next year that outlaws the type of settlements Weinstein paid women which required them to sign non-disclosure (NDA) agreements, according to Variety [1].

“We really need to remove the curtain of secrecy about what’s happening,” Leyva said. “Ultimately that’s what hurts victims and enables perpetrators to continue to do this and remain hidden.”

The legislation was proposed in response to articles published in The New Yorker [2] and the New York Times describing how Weinstein had reached settlement agreements with at least 8 women accusing him of sexual assault or harassment.

In another recent high-profile case, ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly settled allegations of sexual misconduct [3] with 5 women for $13 million. In both cases, the agreements required accusers to sign NDA agreements which forbid the women from speaking about the details of their case.

In a press conference on Wednesday, famed women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred released the name of the latest woman — actress Natassia Malthe — to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein. Malthe claims Weinstein raped her in a London hotel room in 2008, according to the Chicago Tribune [4].

Allred, who is representing several plaintiffs, claims that at least 50 women have come forward with charges against Weinstein, and that he should therefore create a “substantial” settlement fund to compensate his victims.

“It’s time for The Weinstein Co. to put their money where their mouths are,” Allred said. “They made many, many, many millions of dollars while Harvey Weinstein was behaving in the most egregious and reprehensible acts imaginable.”

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