Grassroots campaign wants to reform ‘dangerous’ non-disclosure agreements in Canada, abroad
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.
as they allow a person who has behaved abusively and possibly criminally to stay put or move with impunity to another organisation.
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.
preventing them reporting, speaking to family and friends about their own experiences, or warning others.
about their past and in some cases require co-workers to tell lies or risk being sued for defamation.
for anyone wishing to speak up about abuse in the workplace.
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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Our campaign relies on brave individuals sharing their experience so others see the damage that NDAs cause.