Lawmakers in New York state are targeting nondisclosure agreements that are often included in employment contracts and settlement deals, similar to the many that Weinstein struck with his accusers in which they agreed to silence in exchange for financial compensation. The proposed legislation is in some ways an extension of “sunshine laws” on the books in many states, which allow people to break confidentiality agreements in instances where there’s a public hazard.
More than 140 women — including legislators, Capitol staff, political consultants and lobbyists — are signing a letter calling out the “pervasive” culture of sexual harassment and mistreatment that plagues their industry. The signatories include six of 26 women in the Legislature, two retired lawmakers, a Board of Equalization member and officials from the state Democratic and Republican parties.