Mike Bloomberg announced he would release women from three non-disclosure agreements if they wanted to speak publicly about sexual harassment while working at his media company.
“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,” he announced on his website on Friday afternoon.
The billionaire presidential candidate said he now realized the agreements, especially when used for sexual harassment allegations, “promote a culture of silence in the workplace.” It’s unclear how many former female employees the agreements apply to.
“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,” he continued.
“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,” he wrote.
The 78-year-old was attacked by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday night’s debate stage — calling on Bloomberg to release dozens of women from agreements that silenced them from speaking about what has been described a culture of harassment at his financial media company, Bloomberg LP.
It’s unclear how many NDAs Bloomberg signed with female employees and what happened to the women in the other cases.
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