NY Risks Overreach With Ban On Secret Harassment Accords

Law360, New York (May 22, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT) -- Torched for brokering a secret deal that allowed a colleague's lecherous conduct to continue, a top New York Democrat has proposed banning confidential sexual harassment settlements for state officials, but experts warn a blanket ban could expose bosses and victims both to unwanted publicity and lead to more litigation.

The proposal comes from Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the Democrat-dominated New York State Assembly, who faced blistering criticism from ethics groups, prosecutors and many lawmakers from both parties for his role in approving a secret,...
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