TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Democratic and Republican leaders in New Jersey are planning to introduce legislation that would ban nondisclosure agreements designed to cover up sexual harassment.
As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported, the legislation came on the heels of reports detailing how Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein reached at least eight settlements with women to buy their silence.READ MORE: MTA, Union Leaders Call For More NYPD Officers To Patrol Subways After Off-Duty Conductor Nearly Blinded By Attacker
New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) told New Jersey Advance Media that she wants to ban nondisclosure agreements that cover up anything to do with life safety, or sexual assault, abuse or harassment.READ MORE: New Jersey Native Jovan Collazo Accused Of Hijacking School Bus At Gunpoint, Holding Elementary School Students Hostage In South Carolina
Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) is expected to work with Weinberg to draft the legislation saying that no one should be able to contract away cover-ups.MORE NEWS: NYPD Investigating Possible Hate Crime After Statue Of Polish Hero Father Jerzy Popiełuszko Is Vandalized
Meanwhile, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) decided against co-sponsoring the measure, out of concerns that it would possibly re-victimize victims by going public with sexual harassment claims.