It’s hard to argue that the #MeToo movement hasn’t managed to accomplish a number of positive things over the past couple of years, including the downfall of many prominent, abusive men. (Well, almost entirely men, anyway.) But another side effect has been the increased scrutiny of the use of nondisclosure agreements, particularly in cases of sexual assault or harassment. This week, in Boston, lawmakers are hearing from activists who want to see the state formally ban such agreements and they’re being championed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, a person who knows a thing or two about NDAs. (Boston Globe)
A state lawmaker turned up the heat on political leaders Monday, challenging the governor and speaker of the House to ban nondisclosure agreements that prohibit women from speaking about sexual harassment cases.
The call by Senator Diana DiZoglio, a Methuen Democrat, came as two former Fox News hosts who won landmark sexual harassment settlements brought their national campaign to end nondisclosure agreements to Boston.
“This is the next fight in the #MeToo movement. We’re so close to making real change and progress and taking this issue out of silence is one of the biggest barriers still before us,” said Gretchen Carlson, the Fox host who first sued former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.
Carlson, along with her former Fox colleague Julie Roginsky, has a non-profit dedicated to banning the use of NDAs in many cases. And there are certainly plenty of them out there to hold up as examples. Take, for instance, the recent news about Hunter Biden’s “stripper baby mama” and the child support payments he’s going to be making. The agreement allows Biden to avoid submitting various documents to the courts. The amount of money being paid wasn’t revealed and the child’s mother has gone radio silent about the whole thing. Was there an NDA involved there? Should there have been?