Anderson Measure Will Remove Veil of Secrecy in Sexual Harassment Settlements

Transparency measure will prohibit confidentiality agreements that protect and enable abusers.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO - State Senator Joel Anderson introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 102 yesterday. This resolution would prohibit the Senate or Assembly Rules Committees from negotiating or signing confidentiality agreements, including a severance agreement settling a claim for sexual harassment or abuse that contains a confidentiality provision.

In addition, SCR 102 would also prohibit the use of taxpayer’s money to enforce this type of confidentiality provision contained within a previously-executed settlement agreement.

Anderson said, “Past non-disclosure agreements have made it nearly impossible to discipline predators and led us into this environment that created even more victims of sexual harassment.

“We must hold our institution to a higher standard and stop practices designed to protect it at all costs, practices that swept this grievous conduct under the rug and promoted a culture where harassment and abuse were never confronted.

“The public has a right to know about any new harassment investigations and their outcome, and not one more dime of public money should go into enforcing previous NDAs. The Rules committees will no longer be allowed to police those agreements.”