“I`ve been thinking a lot about this over the last few days and I`ve decided that as long as I`m running the company, we won`t offer confidentiality agreements to clarify allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct in the future,” he said. Mike Bloomberg, who will be attacked Friday during the Democratic debate on confidentiality agreements, said he would remove some NDA signatories from their agreements. Clancy said Bloomberg`s statement was carefully worded and did not specify whether women would be forced to return money to the company as a precondition for the release of confidentiality agreements. She said it`s also not about the many women she claims to have complaints about office culture at De Bloomberg. Warren also specifically asked him if he would release the women from the agreements and he refused. Warren said Friday that the release of some of the women who accused him of sexual harassment was “just not good enough” and that he had to offer a “nuet release” so that all the women involved could “climb the ladder and tell their story page.” Bloomberg`s testimony appears to be limited to three women. It does not release all current and former Employees of Bloomberg LP from confidentiality agreements, nor does it lay off those who have signed confidentiality agreements on harassment of people other than Bloomberg itself. But this change affects only a small fraction of the confidentiality agreements that are regularly introduced at Bloomberg. Most people who sign do not have specific claims about abuse; Instead, the contracts are designed to prevent angry ex-workers from muzzling their former employer. “If Mayor Bloomberg wanted to fire all current and former employees of Bloomberg LP of the NDAs, he certainly could have done so – and he can and should do so again,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden`s deputy campaign manager, said in the statement. Bloomberg`s statements on Friday marked a sharp abandonment of his statements on the agreements of this weekly debate.
He called the agreements “agree” and said that women who complained “didn`t like the joke I was telling.” The statements were considered by some to be inconsistent with the period following #MeToo, which led to a much more serious review of sexual harassment and innuendo by men in the workplace. Bloomberg is one of the richest men in the country with an estimated value of $60 billion. The revelations and accusations about Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes and Bill O`Reilly, to name but a few, clearly show that women are often forced to accept confidentiality agreements that result in heavy financial penalties for those who choose to speak out. For decades, NDAs have been used by employers as a tool to silence victims of sexual harassment and protect sexual harassers. However, a total ban on the NDA under transaction agreements would not eliminate sexual harassment and is not always in the best interests of women. Many women – the vast majority of women we have represented in sexual harassment and sexual violence – want to preserve their privacy and keep the details of the trauma and abuse they have suffered confidential.