Tag: Sexual Assault

November 22, 2022
Last Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the US Congress passed the S.4524 bill (the “Speak Out Act”) that will limit the use and enforceability of non-disclosure and non-disparagement provisions in pre-dispute agreements with employees and independent contractors relating to sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations. If President Joe Biden signs the bill into law, the bill would render agreements reached before a sexual harassment or sexual assault dispute void and unenforceable in instances where “conduct is alleged to have violated Federal, Tribal, or State law.”
February 16, 2022
Last week, the United States Senate passed H.R. 4445, titled “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act of 2021.”  The bill, which President Biden is expected to sign into law, will make pre-dispute arbitration agreements between employers and their employees unenforceable when it comes to sexual harassment or sexual assault disputes.