M.Ps Committe Calls For A Ban On NDA ‘Gagging’ Clauses
In a major development in the on-going issue of non-disclosure agreements, a committee of MPs is now calling for specific changes to clauses which, when wrongly used, handcuff employees in taking their case to a tribunal.
In some cases say the Women and Equalities Committee, “gagging clauses” in non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are being used to “cover up unlawful and criminal behaviour.”
These gagging clauses; “are effectively being used as a tool by employers to silence allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment against employees”, said the committee.
Such clauses impose possible heavy financial barriers to affected employees when they try to take cases to employment tribunals
NDAs have come under scrutiny since serious allegations of sexual abuse were raised against the American former film producer Harvey Weinstein which sparked the Me Too movement.
In collecting personal accounts of NDAs being misused over 90 people wrote to the Women and Equalities Committee sharing their experiences.
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