A California law could possibly be amended to allow people who have experienced workplace discrimination to discuss the matter if they choose to, even if they’ve signed a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). If you live in California and want to know more about discrimination law, here is some helpful information.
The Pinterest discrimination case
Ifeoma Ozoma, a public policy manager, accused Pinterest Inc. PINS, -2.70% of racial and gender discrimination. Ozoma told her story publicly last year, even though she’d signed an NDA. She was able to discuss her case because of California discrimination law, SB 820, which was created due to the “Me Too” movement. The law allows people to discuss harassment or discrimination in the workplace even if they signed an NDA. Ozoma is now working with Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino to pass the bill to keep others from being discriminated against.
SB 331 is also known as the Silenced No More Act which would expand the bands on NDA and nondisparagement clauses to cover employees who are forced to sign clauses to keep their jobs. Leyva shares that it is “unacceptable” for an employee to attempt to silence an employee if the employee was a victim of discrimination or harassment. SB 331 will hopefully make it easier for survivors to talk about their experiences if they choose to and hold wrongdoers accountable to prevent harassment and discrimination from happening in the future.
Speak with an attorney if you’ve been discriminated against at work and want to know whether you have a legitimate case. While a settlement doesn’t reverse what has happened, working with a lawyer can help you get the justice you deserve.