TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation, sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, prohibiting employee contracts from legally binding workers into silence about harassment and assault was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy today.
Both houses of the Legislature passed the bill on January 31.
“People should not be allowed to cover up what predators do,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Women often do not report such heinous behavior because they are afraid of retribution. Some are also worried that if they talk they will face legal action. That’s wrong.”
The legislation (S121/A1242) prevents future employment contracts that effectively force employees to conceal harassment or discrimination. The restrictions would also apply to claims that have been submitted to arbitration.
New York and California recently enacted laws limiting the use of nondisclosure agreements.