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NBCUniversal Releases Former NBC News Staffers from Confidentiality Agreements So They Can Talk About Sexual Harassment If They Want

Oct 25, 2019  •  Post A Comment

“NBCUniversal said tonight it would release former NBC News staffers who believe they were sexually harassed from confidentiality and non-disparagement arrangements, a sign that the company continues to grapple with allegations made against it in the recent Ronan Farrow book, ‘Catch and Kill,’” reports Brian Steinberg at Variety.

The story adds, “‘Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a confidentiality or non-disparagement provision in their separation agreement should contact NBCUniversal and we will release them from that perceived obligation,” the company said in a statement that was made during a broadcast of Friday’s ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ on MSNBC. Maddow was hosting a segment with Farrow at the time.”

The story also notes that “NBCU said Friday night that it has ‘two agreements with women relating to complaints of sexual harassment by [former ‘Today’ show co-host Matt] Lauer – both entered into after his termination – and both women are free to tell their stories about Lauer.”

Adds The New York Times, on the show “Ms. Maddow questioned why NBC News executives had not invited an independent investigation of the Weinstein episode or the workplace behavior of Matt Lauer, the former ‘Today’ show anchor who was fired in 2017 after a colleague accused him of sexual misconduct.

“‘I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in this company since I’ve been here,’ Ms. Maddow said. ‘It would be impossible for me to overstate the amount of consternation inside the building around this issue.’”

To read the complete Variety story, please click here. To read the complete New York Times version, please click here.

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