Non-disclosure agreements in cases of sexual assault and sexual harassment are now unenforceable in New Jersey.
Legislation effectively bans provisions in employment contracts that stops victims from publicly discussing their allegations and settlement agreements involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation or harassment was signed into law today by Gov. Phil Murphy.
“These secret settlements can ultimately endanger the public by hiding sexual predators from law enforcement and the public,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, the sponsor of the bill. “They are being used by those who have the money to pay for privileged immunity.”
Weinberg said that NDA’s have been used to “silence and intimidate the victims of sexual assault and harassment.”
“Too many victims have been forced to suffer in silence for far too long, leaving abusers to continue to prey on countless women with impunity,” said Weinberg. “Limiting these so-called ‘confidentiality agreements’ will help lift the secrecy that allows abusers to carry on abusing and make our workplaces safer for everyone.”
State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) was also a sponsor of the bill.