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“Just because I move through public space, doesn’t mean my body is public space” – Anon
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I am loving Time Inc.‘s decision to put the women who have been speaking out against workplace harassment on the cover of the magazine to highlight their stories as the “person’s of the year“. It is these stories, and the stories of so many other people that have endured harassment over decades that need to be praised.
One aspect of this story however, has been left out of the conversation. In all of the kudos for the women who are able to come forward, there are countless victims who are left out of the conversation. The women who cannot speak out, whether through threats or intimidation, or some, with a well known workplace document, binding them from saying anything. These so called “Secrecy Agreements” are nondisclosure agreements companies have workers sign after they have be terminated, that legally prohibits them from carrying out lawsuits against the company or persons within the company after they have been dismissed. This can include sexual harassment complaints against employees.
On the program today, Leslie Bailey, Staff Attorney for Public Justice will discuss how these agreements enable the workplace harassment culture that victims have endured for years–and how she is working to end these agreements. Because continuing only protects the harassers.