Federal ban on nondisclosures for sex-based claim could be just a first step

by Sonya Goodwin

If victims of sexual assault avert further harm by making their stories public, the same should be true for minorities and the disabled, whose testimony could also stop perpetrators from targeting new victims.

Ever since the “Me Too” movement started, Congress has slowly acted to protect victims of sexual harassment. For example, last year it enacted H.R. 4445 – the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021. The law bans forced arbitration for claims of workplace sexual assault and harassment. Then, on Sept. 29, the Senate approved S.4524 – the Speak Out Act – by voice vote. It was lauded as yet another acknowledgment of the ongoing impact of #MeToo in the workplace.

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