On the heels of his shaky debut debate performance in which he was harangued by several 2020 opponents for suits filed against him and his company by women claiming sexual harassment or discrimination, Mike Bloomberg announced Friday that he will release three women from nondisclosure agreements entered into involving "comments they said [he] had made."
The statement reads in part:
I've had the company go back over its record and they've identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made. If any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company and they'll be given a release. I've done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days and I've decided that for as long as I'm running the company, we won't offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward.
I recognize that NDAs, particularly when they are used in the context of sexual harassment and sexual assault, promote a culture of silence in the workplace and contribute to a culture of women not feeling safe or supported. It is imperative that when problems occur, workplaces not only address the specific incidents, but the culture and practices that led to those incidents. And then leaders must act.
? At Wednesday night's Democratic debate, Bloomberg was assailed by his opponents on the issue — particularly Elizabeth Warren, who challenged him to void all nondisclosures entered into by his company and female employees: