NDAs ‘should not silence sexual harassment claims’

Ex-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his company used non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to silence accusations of his sexual misbehaviour. But NDAs should not be used to stop someone speaking up about sexual harassment in the workplace. UK arbitration service Acas says misusing these can be “very damaging” to an organisation. According to Acas chief executive Susan Clews: “NDAs can be used legitimately in some situations, but they should not be used routinely or to prevent someone from reporting sexual harassment, discrimination or whistle-blowing at work.” We’re seeing a rise in the use of confidentiality clauses to “cover up wrongdoing” and to “stop people talking about sexual harassment”. “That’s really not great for employees,” said Clews, adding that it stops businesses from tackling “the underlying issue”. Find out more at https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51438851

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