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WE ARE A CAMPAIGN COMMITTED TO END THE MISUSE OF NDAS TO BUY VICTIM'S SILENCE

 

 

 

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WHAT ARE NDAs?

 

Non disclosure agreements are contracts that were created to protect trade secrets but when used wrongly become secret settlement contracts used to buy the silence of a victim or whistleblower. They have become the default solution for organisations, corporations and public bodies to settle cases of sexual misconduct, racism, pregnancy discrimination and other human rights violations.

 

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WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH NDAS?

 

NDAs PERPETUATE THE PROBLEM

as they allow a person who has behaved abusively and possibly criminally to stay put or move with impunity to another organisation.

NDAs DON’T PROTECT THE VICTIM

they protect an employer’s reputation and the career of the perpetrator, not the victim who can be protected by a simple one-sided confidentiality clause.

NDAs GAG VICTIMS PERMANENTLY

preventing them reporting, speaking to family and friends about their own experiences, or warning others.


NDAs MAKE VICTIMS LIE

about their past and in some cases require co-workers to tell lies or risk being sued for defamation.

NDAs CHILL THE CLIMATE

for anyone wishing to speak up about abuse in the workplace.


FOUNDERS


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Zelda Perkins

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Zelda Perkins and Prof. Julie Macfarlane joined forces in September 2021 to create CAN’T BUY MY SILENCE after their own shocking personal experiences exposed the harmful use of NDAs.

 

Their campaign goal is to stop the misuse of NDAs so that they are ONLY used for the purpose for which they were created – the protection of IP and trade secrets.


They are determined to outlaw NDAs when used to “buy” the silence of victims in order to protect sexual predators, bullies, racists and abusers. In order to put pressure on legislators they are also advocating that regulators, businesses and institutions adopt a code of practice that will not allow NDAs to hide information about harmful people, practices and products.

 

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N.S. won’t ban NDAs in sexual assault cases, despite growing online petition image

N.S. won’t ban NDAs in sexual assault cases, despite growing online petition

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The Hockey Canada scandal shows the harmful escalation of non-disclosure agreements image

The Hockey Canada scandal shows the harmful escalation of non-disclosure agreements

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HOCKEY CANADA AND NDAs JAN-FEB 2024 image

HOCKEY CANADA AND NDAs JAN-FEB 2024

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The Misogyny in Music report was published earlier this week. image

The Misogyny in Music report was published earlier this week.

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NDAs make everything worse image

NDAs make everything worse

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The Post Office scandal shines an unforgiving light on NDA abuse image

The Post Office scandal shines an unforgiving light on NDA abuse

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How NDAs silence victims and let perpetrators off the hook image

How NDAs silence victims and let perpetrators off the hook

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CBMS Canada and UK Update December 2023 image

CBMS Canada and UK Update December 2023

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Editorial: It's time to kill the NDA image

Editorial: It's time to kill the NDA

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Zelda Perkins: Twenty-five years of ‘being in the wilderness’ - and a campaign to end NDAs image

Zelda Perkins: Twenty-five years of ‘being in the wilderness’ - and a campaign to end NDAs

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Time for N.S. government to join Acadia, King's Collegein banning abuse of NDAs, Chender says image

Time for N.S. government to join Acadia, King's Collegein banning abuse of NDAs, Chender says

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Two Nova Scotian Universities pledge to “Can’t Buy My Silence” campaign image

Two Nova Scotian Universities pledge to “Can’t Buy My Silence” campaign

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Woman who exposed Harvey Weinstein calls for end to non-disclosure agreements in music industry image

Woman who exposed Harvey Weinstein calls for end to non-disclosure agreements in music industry

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Sexism in the City: Sexual harassment still 'prevalent' in Square Mile with victims 'silenced' by use of NDAs image

Sexism in the City: Sexual harassment still 'prevalent' in Square Mile with victims 'silenced' by use of NDAs

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Bank cut my bonus because I had a baby, says MP leading City sexism inquiry image

Bank cut my bonus because I had a baby, says MP leading City sexism inquiry

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‘It’s like being gaslit’: Former PA tells of ordeal of being sworn to secrecy to shield Harvey Weinstein image

‘It’s like being gaslit’: Former PA tells of ordeal of being sworn to secrecy to shield Harvey Weinstein

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CBMS in the NEWS UK, Septemeber 18-24, 2023 image

CBMS in the NEWS UK, Septemeber 18-24, 2023

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I was silenced by Harvey Weinstein – we must change the law protecting predators image

I was silenced by Harvey Weinstein – we must change the law protecting predators

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Fearless woman determined to fight the Harvey Weinsteins of the world image

Fearless woman determined to fight the Harvey Weinsteins of the world

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CBMS in the NEWS, September 18-24, 2023 image

CBMS in the NEWS, September 18-24, 2023

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Zelda Perkins on BBC News image

Zelda Perkins on BBC News

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Non-Disclosure Agreements at Media Outlets Like ITN Allow ‘Toxic Environments’ and Harassment to Fester, Senior MP Says image

Non-Disclosure Agreements at Media Outlets Like ITN Allow ‘Toxic Environments’ and Harassment to Fester, Senior MP Says

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Bar Council to meet Can’t Buy My Silence over NDAs image

Bar Council to meet Can’t Buy My Silence over NDAs

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Exclusive: Weinstein whistleblower attacks Bar Council over NDAs stance image

Exclusive: Weinstein whistleblower attacks Bar Council over NDAs stance

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Why the Bar Council has got it badly wrong over NDAs image

Why the Bar Council has got it badly wrong over NDAs

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Weaponizing Legal Instruments to Protect the Guilty image

Weaponizing Legal Instruments to Protect the Guilty

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Zelda Perkins on Toxic Worplace Culture image

Zelda Perkins on Toxic Worplace Culture

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2 women who complained about harassment at UPEI permanently released from silencing deals image

2 women who complained about harassment at UPEI permanently released from silencing deals

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CBMS Canada July 2023 Update image

CBMS Canada July 2023 Update

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Rhode Island Governor Signs Ban on Nondisclosure, Non-Disparagement Agreements image

Rhode Island Governor Signs Ban on Nondisclosure, Non-Disparagement Agreements

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Odey’s Downfall Shows How Far Women Have to Go in City of London image

Odey’s Downfall Shows How Far Women Have to Go in City of London

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Britain is falling behind when it comes to the misuse of NDAs image

Britain is falling behind when it comes to the misuse of NDAs

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Could the UPEI harassment report help make NDAS a thing of the past? image

Could the UPEI harassment report help make NDAS a thing of the past?

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Report on UPEI allegations describes 'dire, toxic' issues, calls for 'urgent action' image

Report on UPEI allegations describes 'dire, toxic' issues, calls for 'urgent action'

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NDAs aimed to protect trade secrets. Now they're often hiding bad behaviour, says prof image

NDAs aimed to protect trade secrets. Now they're often hiding bad behaviour, says prof

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Canada unveils reforms in bid to enhance safe sport practices image

Canada unveils reforms in bid to enhance safe sport practices

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Role of lawyers in misuse of NDAs to be examined by UK regulator image

Role of lawyers in misuse of NDAs to be examined by UK regulator

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Fordham’s Graduate Student Workers Union Addresses Nondisclosure Agreements image

Fordham’s Graduate Student Workers Union Addresses Nondisclosure Agreements

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NDAs and a culture of silence image

NDAs and a culture of silence

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Furstenau gets ball rolling on curbing NDAs image

Furstenau gets ball rolling on curbing NDAs

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A Call to End the Use of Nondisclosure Agreements, or NDAs, in Massachusetts  image

A Call to End the Use of Nondisclosure Agreements, or NDAs, in Massachusetts

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N.S. opposition parties call for legislation limiting NDAs for sexual assault, harassment cases image

N.S. opposition parties call for legislation limiting NDAs for sexual assault, harassment cases

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Greens Take Lead to Stop NDAs from Silencing Victims image

Greens Take Lead to Stop NDAs from Silencing Victims

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NY State Senate Passes Ban on Secret Deals image

NY State Senate Passes Ban on Secret Deals

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Misuse of NDAs focus of Can’t Buy My Silence image

Misuse of NDAs focus of Can’t Buy My Silence

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Canadian Bar Association Votes Overwhelmingly To End Abuse Of NDAs image

Canadian Bar Association Votes Overwhelmingly To End Abuse Of NDAs

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Canadian Bar Association votes to advocate to end misuse of NDAS coverage image

Canadian Bar Association votes to advocate to end misuse of NDAS coverage

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Regulators plan new work on lawyers’ misuse of NDAs image

Regulators plan new work on lawyers’ misuse of NDAs

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 Samantha Morton Breaks Down Her Pivotal Role in ‘She Said’ and Capturing the Essence of Zelda Perkins  image

Samantha Morton Breaks Down Her Pivotal Role in ‘She Said’ and Capturing the Essence of Zelda Perkins

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Tragic consequences of non-disclosure agreements image

Tragic consequences of non-disclosure agreements

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A Resolution to Limit Use of NDA's up for debate at the CBA Annual Meeting in February. image

A Resolution to Limit Use of NDA's up for debate at the CBA Annual Meeting in February.

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An NDA from Harvey Weinstein cost me my career – at last, banning them feels within reach image

An NDA from Harvey Weinstein cost me my career – at last, banning them feels within reach

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Biden signs law curbing nondisclosure agreements that block victims of sexual harassment from speaking out image

Biden signs law curbing nondisclosure agreements that block victims of sexual harassment from speaking out

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Ontario, lawyer hails victory on university, college use of non-disclosure agreements  image

Ontario, lawyer hails victory on university, college use of non-disclosure agreements

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Times Up UK backs campaign Cant Buy My Silence image

Times Up UK backs campaign Cant Buy My Silence

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"She Said" Screening UK Q&A with Emily Maitlis, Sam Morton, Zelda Perkins

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London (Ontario) lawyer fights university, college use of non-disclosure agreements  image

London (Ontario) lawyer fights university, college use of non-disclosure agreements

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Mark Stephens, Zelda Perkins discuss NDAs & Dominic Raab image

Mark Stephens, Zelda Perkins discuss NDAs & Dominic Raab

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‘She Said’ Filmmakers and Weinstein Victims: An Emotional Collaboration image

‘She Said’ Filmmakers and Weinstein Victims: An Emotional Collaboration

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I knew Harvey was a monster after he tried to rape my colleague. But when I spoke out I was silenced image

I knew Harvey was a monster after he tried to rape my colleague. But when I spoke out I was silenced

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Halifax Roundtable on NDAs

Has the Use of NDA's Gone Too Far? Halifax Roundtable

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Expert Panel on Abuse of NDA'S IN MOVA SCOTIA image

Expert Panel on Abuse of NDA'S IN MOVA SCOTIA

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People silenced by non-disclosure agreements speak out at hearing for Manitoba Liberal bill image

People silenced by non-disclosure agreements speak out at hearing for Manitoba Liberal bill

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 Can’t Buy My Silence to Host Exclusive Preview Screening of “She Said” in LondonPost 130 image

Can’t Buy My Silence to Host Exclusive Preview Screening of “She Said” in LondonPost 130

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Banning the use of NDA' in Nova Scotia and Elsewhere image

Banning the use of NDA' in Nova Scotia and Elsewhere

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Premier says people aren't 'forced' to sign NDAs; advocates say coercion a factor image

Premier says people aren't 'forced' to sign NDAs; advocates say coercion a factor

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Ontario to end secrecy behind campus sexual misconduct cases and let universities fire faculty who abuse students image

Ontario to end secrecy behind campus sexual misconduct cases and let universities fire faculty who abuse students

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A man was charged with her sexual assault 3 years ago. He's never been extradited image

A man was charged with her sexual assault 3 years ago. He's never been extradited

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Ontario to ban NDAs in sexual misconduct cases by staff at colleges, universities image

Ontario to ban NDAs in sexual misconduct cases by staff at colleges, universities

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MLA who sponsored P.E.I.'s non-disclosure agreement bill says N.S. should act now image

MLA who sponsored P.E.I.'s non-disclosure agreement bill says N.S. should act now

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Trauma therapist calls for ban on NDAs for sexual assault survivors image

Trauma therapist calls for ban on NDAs for sexual assault survivors

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BBC Radio 5 With Naga Munchetty image

BBC Radio 5 With Naga Munchetty

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Lawyers need to redraw ethical boundaries “or face external action” image

Lawyers need to redraw ethical boundaries “or face external action”

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Weinstein whistleblower: ‘nothing has changed’ on NDA rules image

Weinstein whistleblower: ‘nothing has changed’ on NDA rules

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Reforming NDAs should be top of Liz Truss’s agenda image

Reforming NDAs should be top of Liz Truss’s agenda

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Liberal bill targets ‘legalized hush money’ image

Liberal bill targets ‘legalized hush money’

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Watch An Animated Graphic of the NDA Story image

Watch An Animated Graphic of the NDA Story

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Inquiry launched into alleged sexual harassment by union leader image

Inquiry launched into alleged sexual harassment by union leader

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Grassroots campaign wants to reform ‘dangerous’ non-disclosure agreements in Canada, abroad image

Grassroots campaign wants to reform ‘dangerous’ non-disclosure agreements in Canada, abroad

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Lyons backs NI universities’ pledge to end use of Non-Disclosure Agreements image

Lyons backs NI universities’ pledge to end use of Non-Disclosure Agreements

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CBC HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE image

CBC HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE

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Abuse and harassment survivors 'silenced' ... image

Abuse and harassment survivors 'silenced' ...

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CTV NEWS HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE  image

CTV NEWS HOCKEY CANADA COVERAGE

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Hockey Canada comes under fire after for its handling of alleged sexual assault image

Hockey Canada comes under fire after for its handling of alleged sexual assault

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WORKPLACE 'GAG ORDERS' FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COULD BE FINISHED  image

WORKPLACE 'GAG ORDERS' FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COULD BE FINISHED 

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Workplace 'gag orders' for sexual harassment could be finished image

Workplace 'gag orders' for sexual harassment could be finished

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She Said – Official Trailer Release image

She Said – Official Trailer Release

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Victoria to restrict deals silencing sexual harassment victims image

Victoria to restrict deals silencing sexual harassment victims

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U.K. Performers’ Union Equity Fights Back Against NDA Overreach image

U.K. Performers’ Union Equity Fights Back Against NDA Overreach

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NHS ambulance service doctored documents to cover up truth about deaths image

NHS ambulance service doctored documents to cover up truth about deaths

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Victims no longer silenced as landmark legislation takes effect on P.E.I. image

Victims no longer silenced as landmark legislation takes effect on P.E.I.

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Zelda Perkins of Can’t Buy My Silence discusses 56 MPs facing claims of sexual misconduct image

Zelda Perkins of Can’t Buy My Silence discusses 56 MPs facing claims of sexual misconduct

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Lady Margaret Hall is first Oxford college to ban non-disclosure agreements image

Lady Margaret Hall is first Oxford college to ban non-disclosure agreements

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How Being Legally Silenced Prolongs Workplace Trauma and PTSD image

How Being Legally Silenced Prolongs Workplace Trauma and PTSD

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Whistleblowers call out Channel 4 News over ‘gagging orders’ image

Whistleblowers call out Channel 4 News over ‘gagging orders’

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ITN broke vow made four years ago to end non-disclosure agreements image

ITN broke vow made four years ago to end non-disclosure agreements

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Former Channel 4 News employee ‘traumatised’ after signing NDA image

Former Channel 4 News employee ‘traumatised’ after signing NDA

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Channel 4 News faces questions over ‘gagging’ of female staff image

Channel 4 News faces questions over ‘gagging’ of female staff

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P.E.I. could become 1st province to limit use of NDAs to silence victims of sexual misconduct image

P.E.I. could become 1st province to limit use of NDAs to silence victims of sexual misconduct

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Harvey Weinstein PA says abusers still have the legal power to silence victims image

Harvey Weinstein PA says abusers still have the legal power to silence victims

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Move fast to fix NDAs if you want to avoid a ban image

Move fast to fix NDAs if you want to avoid a ban

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‘I had to start over, alone and silenced’: the fight to end NDA abuse image

‘I had to start over, alone and silenced’: the fight to end NDA abuse

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Harvey Weinstein's Former Assistant's Mission to Ban NDAs Explained image

Harvey Weinstein's Former Assistant's Mission to Ban NDAs Explained

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Whistleblowers launch campaign to end misuse of NDAs image

Whistleblowers launch campaign to end misuse of NDAs

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Harvey Weinstein’s former PA: Why I want a law banning NDAs image

Harvey Weinstein’s former PA: Why I want a law banning NDAs

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The Campaign to End NDAs image

The Campaign to End NDAs

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