Los Angeles partner Kate Gold and associate Phil Lebel were quoted in an article for SHRM titled “California Lawmakers Want to Ban Confidential Sexual Harassment Settlements.” The article discusses a proposed bill that would ban confidential settlements of certain claims related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and sex discrimination. This is just one bill among several that California legislators are considering in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace.

Kate and Phil mentioned that prohibiting confidentiality provisions allows claimants to speak openly about their experiences of sexual assault and harassment, while still being able to resolve their claims. They added, “While that goal is obviously valid and important, prohibitions on confidentiality agreements could have some drawbacks that will not necessarily benefit claimants in these types of lawsuits.” For example, they point out that these prohibitions could lead to prolonged litigation, negative publicity for claimants, and lower settlement amounts.

Read “California Lawmakers Want to Ban Confidential Sexual Harassment Settlements.”

Source: SHRM
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