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Calif. Bill Bars Secret Settlements In Sex Misconduct Cases

Law360, San Jose (January 4, 2018, 8:57 PM EST) -- A California bill that would prohibit someone accused of sexual assault, harassment or discrimination in the workplace from settling allegations with an agreement that includes a confidentiality provision was introduced by a female senator Wednesday, who said such secrecy keeps “these aggressors unaccountable.”

The legislation authored by state Sen. Connie M. Leyva, D-Chino, aims to protect others from being victimized, the lawmaker said in an announcement Wednesday. Co-sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California and the California Women's Law Center, SB 820 would ban the inclusion of nondisclosure terms in settlement agreements and would apply to both private and public employers...

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