During a CNN town hall in Las Vegas, Sen. Elizabeth Warren doubled down on her much-talked-about attack on former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg regarding non-disclosure agreements he has signed with former employees. She challenged Bloomberg to sign a proposal she wrote that would release those bound by nondisclosure agreements to speak out on their accusations of sexism and workplace misconduct at his company. Bloomberg said at Wednesday’s debate that he had no plans to void non-disclosure agreements with former employees because the agreements were “made consensually.”
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: This is an election for president of the United States, and transparency here is important. So, I used to teach contract law. And I thought I would make this easy. (APPLAUSE) WARREN: I wrote up a release and covenant not to sue. And all that Mayor Bloomberg has to do is download it. I’ll text it. (LAUGHTER) WARREN: Sign it. And then the women, or men, will be free to speak and tell their own stories. And if I can, I just want to read the relevant language. Bloomberg and the company release any and all obligations contained in any agreement, including but not limited to, any employment settlement, severance, or non-disclosure agreement between Bloomberg and/or the company and any other person to the extent those obligations preclude the other person from disclosing information relating to sexual harassment, discrimination, or other misconduct at the company or by Bloomberg himself. Under this release, it is now the other person’s choice to disclose such information or not. I think that the mayor should sign this and that we all have a right to see.
Mike Bloomberg can easily release the women who have accused him of sexual harassment-and who voluntarily want to speak about their experiences-from their non-disclosure agreements. Take a look at how simple and straightforward it would be: pic.twitter.com/XLncEnSXDF
– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 21, 2020