NBC News Will Not Keep Former Employees With Harassment Complaints From Speaking Up

By Stephen Battaglio
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) NBC has maintained that the non-disclosure agreements that women who left the company signed were standard. They now, however, are making a point to say those who believe they were prevented from revealing harassment complaints are free to speak.

Los Angeles Times

NBC News, which has faced withering criticism over its handling of reporting around disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, is allowing all women who had signed non-disclosure agreements upon leaving the company to discuss any claims of sexual harassment they may have had.

The company announced the unusual move in a statement issued Friday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” in response to the charges made in former NBC News correspondent Ronan Farrow’s book “Catch and Kill.”

The news division has been beleaguered by Farrow’s allegations that it obstructed his reporting on harassment and assault accusations against Weinstein and silenced women who had complained about inappropriate behavior by fired “Today” co-host Matt Lauer.

Farrow said he learned of at least seven cases where women received “enhanced severance” payments in return for signing agreements restraining them from revealing their harassment complaints. Several of those cases, Farrow asserts, were related to Lauer.

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