TIME’S UP Calls on NBC to Release Survivors from NDAs and Conduct Independent Investigation

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On The Rachel Maddow Show yesterday, NBCUniversal issued a statement that said, “Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a confidentiality or non-disparagement clause in their separation agreement should contact NBCUniversal and we will release them from that perceived obligation.”

Tina Tchen, incoming president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, responds with the following statement:

“If NBCUniversal is truly committed to letting survivors and employees to speak out about sexual harassment at the network, it should simply release them from their non-disclosure agreements. TIME’S UP calls on NBCUniversal to announce unequivocally that they are free to speak without any fear of retaliation. There is no reason to place the burden on those who choose to speak to reveal themselves in advance to NBCUniversal. This is an example of the burdens that perpetuate fear and silence, no matter what new policies and trainings may say.

“NBCUniversal must also commit to an independent, outside investigation into all the circumstances surrounding workplace culture at NBC and the journalistic decisions made at this important news outlet. Workplace harassment remains hidden not just by direct retaliation, but also when there is a fear that anyone who speaks or reports will be silenced. As an employer and especially as a news organization, NBCUniversal should want to know the unvarnished truth.”


TIME’S UP™ Now insists upon safe, fair, and dignified work for women of all kinds. We work to make sure women are free from harassment and other forms of discrimination on the job, have equal opportunity for economic security, and can achieve the highest positions of power wherever they work. TIME’S UP Now is an independent, nonpartisan, and not-for-profit 501(c)(4) charitable organization that works for change across culture, companies, and laws.