TIME’S UP Responds to Condé Nast and Bloomberg LP Taking Steps to Fight Sexual Harassment with Transparency
Changing Companies, Corporate Policy, Safety, Tina Tchen
Today, Condé Nast and Mike Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg LP, announced they will stop using non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination moving forward and will release select current and/or former employees from NDAs related to such matters.
In response, Tina Tchen, president and CEO of TIME’S UP Now, responded with the following statement:
“For far too long, mandatory NDAs have meant that workplace harassment remains hidden – silencing those who experience sexual harassment and enabling abusers to evade discovery and avoid consequences. Sexual harassment takes away the voice and agency of an individual employee – and mandatory NDAs have perpetuated this stark power imbalance.
“We commend all companies taking meaningful action to fight the epidemic of sexual harassment and discrimination with one of the greatest tools we have in this fight: transparency. And we commend all the silence breakers who have sparked this change in the first place by exposing harassment, discrimination, and other toxic workplace practices that workers have silently endured for generations.
“At a time when over one-third of U.S. workers are still bound by NDAs, we urge more companies to end the use of mandatory NDAs in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. But to truly protect workers, companies should release all current, former, and future employees from mandatory NDAs in matters of harassment and discrimination. The right to speak out about sexual harassment, or not, should rest with the survivors.”
TIME'S UP Now
TIME’S UP™ Now is the nonpartisan and not-for-profit advocacy and political arm of TIME’S UP. We advocate for safe, fair, and dignified work for all in the public and private sectors, calling for an end to harassment and other related forms of discrimination on the job. And we fight to rebuild the systems that have taken away women’s power for far too long. TIME’S UP Now is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.