Una proposta di legge in California cerca di vietare gli accordi di non divulgazione che impediscono ai lavoratori di parlare di discriminazione e abuso

Un legislatore dello stato della California ha introdotto un disegno di legge volto a consentire a più lavoratori di parlare apertamente di presunte discriminazioni e abusi vietando alcune disposizioni negli accordi di riservatezza.

Stato Sen. Connie Leyva, who was behind California legislation banning non-disclosure agreements in cases of workplace sexual assault and harassment, is now hoping to prevent workers from having to sign such settlements in all cases of discrimination and abuse.
Il conto, Conosciuto come il Silenced No More Act, was announced on Monday. It is co-sponsored by Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco-based organization that advocates for gender justice in workplaces and schools, and the California Employment Lawyers Association.
It is unacceptable for any employer to try to silence a worker because he or she was a victim of any type of harassment or discriminationwhether due to race, orientamento sessuale, religione, age or any other characteristic,” Leyva said in a dichiarazione di lunedi. “SB 331 will empower survivors to speak outif they so wishso they can hold perpetrators accountable and hopefully prevent abusers from continuing to torment and abuse other workers.

    Bill builds on a #MeToo era law

    The proposed legislation seeks to build on an existing California law known as the STAND Act. That law, passed in 2018 at the height of the #MeToo movement, bans settlement agreements that prevent workers from speaking up about cases of workplace sexual harassment and abuse.
    Advocates have argued that such non-disclosure agreements protect perpetrators from accountability and perpetuate further harassment by preventing allegations from coming to light.
    NDAs are inherently harmful because they prevent workers from speaking out against abuses in the workplace,” said Jessica Stender, senior counsel for workplace justice and public policy at Equal Rights Advocates, in una dichiarazione.
    The Silenced No More Act would allow workers to also come forward about other claims of discrimination or bias, such as those that involve race or sexual orientation. It also intended to protect workers from having to sign such confidentiality agreements as conditions of their severance packages.
    This bill is critically important to ensure that workers never have to sign away their ability to speak out about harassment or discrimination as a condition of their employment or to settle a claim,” Mariko Yoshihara, legislative counsel and policy director for the California Employment Lawyers Association, ha detto in una dichiarazione.

    It was inspired by two former Pinterest employees

    The bill was informed by the experiences of two Black women who publicly accused Pinterest last summer of racism and unfair pay practices.
    Pinterest told CNN Business at the time that it had conducted an investigation and found that the two former employees weretreated fairly.But the company later reached a $ 22.5 milioni di insediamento in a separate gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit brought by its former chief operating officer. In the aftermath of the settlement, the company vowed to improve its workplace culture.
    The two women who spoke out in June 2020 eventually settled their claims, secondo a comunicato stampa from Equal Rights Advocates. Although they were able to freely speak about their experiences of gender discrimination, they didn’t have the same protections when it came to their claims of racism.
      SB 331 is intended to address that discrepancy, its sponsors say.
      My experience facing workplace discrimination, then publically demanding accountability, speaks to the importance of this legislation for all Californians,” Ifeoma Ozoma, one of the two former Pinterest employees, ha detto in una dichiarazione. “I’m proud to support this bill and the intersectional protections it would bring to tens of millions of workers.

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