End the misuse of NDAs to silence victims

by Can't Buy My Silence in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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End the misuse of Non-Disclosure Agreements to buy the silence of victims of discrimination, harassment, bullying and other misconduct

by Can't Buy My Silence in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Join our campaign - Can’t Buy My Silence - to end the misuse of NDA’s to buy victims silence. 

Non-disclosure agreements (NDA’s) have become the default solution for organisations, corporations, individuals and public bodies to settle cases of sexual misconduct, racism, pregnancy discrimination and other human rights violations.  

These agreements - made in legal settlement negotiations - are being used to cover up abuse, and in some cases criminal acts.  

MeToo whistleblowers fighting for change on NDAs - Zelda Perkins & Julie Macfarlane 

Weinstein whistleblower Zelda Perkins and Law professor and whistleblower Dr. Julie Macfarlane have joined forces to stop the expanding misuse of NDA’s by demanding new legislation and regulation that stops “gag orders” from being used to settle these cases.  

NDAs are used to gag victims of harassment, bullying and wrongdoing

NDAs allow a person who has behaved abusively and possibly criminally to stay put or move with impunity to another workplace.  They gag victims permanently, preventing them reporting, speaking to family & friends about their own experiences, or warning others about the perpetrator.  NDAs benefit the employer’s reputation and the career of the perpetrator, not the victim who can be protected by a simple confidentiality clause  

 NDAs are unnecessary for protecting victim identity, catastrophically damaging to innocent parties, and immoral. 

We want politicians to ban the misuse of NDAs - NOW!

Amazingly despite the Harvey Weinstein case happening in 2017 - 4 years ago – and the huge #MeToo movement, NDAs are still being used constantly to gag whistleblowers and victims of sexual harassment, bullying and other wrong-doing

As a result the goal of our campaign is legislative and regulatory change that will make NDAs unenforceable for anything other than their original purpose – the protection of confidential business information (“intellectual property”) and trade secrets.  Not the protection of bullies and harassers.

How you can support can make a real difference 

We believe the only way to end their use is to make the Government urgently introduce new laws to ban their use. To achieve this we need your support:

1)    Funding a campaign team and high profile program to lobby politicians, regulators and businesses & speak to the media 

2)    Funding a social media campaign to raise the profile and understanding of the issue 

3)    Funding a platform to support victims and enable them to anonymously share their stories about the damaging impact of NDAs on their life.

Thanks for all your support - we are building a massive movement for change and together we can be unstoppable!

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