You know what they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant! Well, there’s sunny news to share -- there is a growing movement against contractual provisions that keep sexual harassment claims shrouded in secrecy. (Remember how Senator Warren cornered Bloomberg into releasing women from NDAs a couple of weeks back? That was awesome!)
Several months ago, NBC Universal announced on The Rachel Maddow Show (LOVE) that it was releasing former employees from non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases of sexual harassment and assault, becoming the first major network to do so. More recently, Gretchen Carlson has launched Lift Our Voices, a non-profit which is calling on Fox News, Mike Bloomberg, and other companies to release victims of sexual harassment from NDAs. Lift Our Voices recently touted Wells Fargo which ended mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment cases on February 12, 2020, as a recent victory! Another campaign, Force the Issue, from the founder of #GrabYourWallet, is focused on ending mandatory arbitration, and pressures companies by publishing a running list of companies that have mandatory arbitration. Its recent victories include Capital One Financial Group and Fox Corporation.
All-of-us must make sure that we continue to shine a light on sexual assault and misconduct.
1 Email (by using their super-easy tool) all of the companies that are still using mandatory arbitration on https://forcetheissue.org/ and ask them to get with the program.
2 Sign the petitions on Lift Our Voices here.
3 Share both efforts widely!