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senate Bill S. 1314

Limiting the Enforceability of NDAs for Gov’t Employees Who Commit Sexual Harassment

Argument in favor

NDAs in cases of sexual harassment by government employees prevent potential employers and coworkers from knowing if someone is a predator while silencing victims. This puts people in danger and allows perpetrators to continue working undetected.

Cindi's Opinion
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06/08/2019
No one is above the law... period. The rule applies across the board.
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Ronald's Opinion
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06/08/2019
NDAs for Federal agencies Hurt the victim. They only help the villain. Do away with all NDAs protecting federal agencies, and the people that rule over them. Transparency, with exceptions for National Security, is best for Our Nation. Stop protecting criminals.
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06/08/2019
Sure, but why limit this to government employees? NDAs have there place, but they have become so abused. We need to put limits on them.
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Argument opposed

NDAs serve to protect both victims and perpetrators. While it’s unfortunate that they shield identifying information about perpetrators from the public view, they also keep victims’ information confidential — which they often want.

jimK's Opinion
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06/08/2019
Yes, I had to re-read the intro. NDA's as used by Trump to prevent reporting his abuses of power are illegal and unenforceable. Federal Employees are covered by other, stricter regulations regarding their conduct. NDA's as described here, which are legal instruments used to prevent disclosure of sexual misconduct as a condition of employment are just plain wrong, There is a flip side as well. Supervisors who have been accused of sexual misconduct need to be informed that accusations have been made (not currently required in Federal services) to prevent an employee from abusing the system to get even with a supervisor they don't get along with.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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06/08/2019
I do not believe NDAs should be legal under any circumstances for any government employees or employers. It is an opportunity for corruption and abuse.
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TheDarkSide's Opinion
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06/08/2019
There should never be NDA’s required for any government official at any position for any reason. You work for the people and are answerable to the people.
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    No one is above the law... period. The rule applies across the board.
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    Yes, I had to re-read the intro. NDA's as used by Trump to prevent reporting his abuses of power are illegal and unenforceable. Federal Employees are covered by other, stricter regulations regarding their conduct. NDA's as described here, which are legal instruments used to prevent disclosure of sexual misconduct as a condition of employment are just plain wrong, There is a flip side as well. Supervisors who have been accused of sexual misconduct need to be informed that accusations have been made (not currently required in Federal services) to prevent an employee from abusing the system to get even with a supervisor they don't get along with.
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    I do not believe NDAs should be legal under any circumstances for any government employees or employers. It is an opportunity for corruption and abuse.
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    There should never be NDA’s required for any government official at any position for any reason. You work for the people and are answerable to the people.
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    NDAs for Federal agencies Hurt the victim. They only help the villain. Do away with all NDAs protecting federal agencies, and the people that rule over them. Transparency, with exceptions for National Security, is best for Our Nation. Stop protecting criminals.
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    What is up with these badly worded questions? Too bad laws like these are necessary. Sexual harassment in the government as well as ALL BUSINESSES should be quashed. Archaic laws and archaic mind sets have allowed this barbaric practice to permeate all corners of this species. I don’t know if you can stop this practice. Probably not but removing protection from the aggressor is a good place to start. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It happens to both genders but men perpetuate more than women. I wonder if first time harassment gets a pass, second time is a misdemeanor and third time conviction is a felony. Something has to be done and the only way is to put someone in jail or get some money out of their pocket. If anyone has a better idea let me know or post it here.
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    Remove NDAs altogether and make sure that the Victim and the Victim’s information is protected. Make sure the perpetrator is terminated for life from any Government position and possibly imprisoned.
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    Sure, but why limit this to government employees? NDAs have there place, but they have become so abused. We need to put limits on them.
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    No NDA’s for any Federal employees! Really, this was allowed? Independent agencies, please keep us apprised of all the bull they are getting away with. They sure keep things hush hush when it comes to their “perks” or whatever you call them. Hell, with this Administration, I’m sure there are many secret deals we are not apprised of!
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    NDAs are hiding way too many things the public should know for health, safety, domestic and national security! NDAs are hiding and protecting serial sexual offenders and abusers. NDAs protect oil companies from things if went to trail, would be criminal! NDAs protect oil companies from the gulf oil spill because they recruited all the experts in the field to help. But before they could see anything, they had to fill out NDAs. What a brilliantly horrific way to silence any opposition to the oil companies version of the truth on all the data being supplied. Even though the data supplied by the company at fault is almost always under reported. NDAs make the wealthy and powerful above the law.
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    Depends on the circumstances. In this country, we still are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But once guilt is established, this bill wouldn't be necessary for perps...it would be a matter of public record. An accusation is not automatically guilt.
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    I fully support Kennedy’s bill as written and it’s passage by Congress. We’re footing the bill for those creeps in the settlement and have a right to know the details as taxpayers. #MAGA
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    Especially for Congress and the Senators, you should also pay your own money instead of Taxpayers money. It’s not YOUR MONEY. You are ONLY representatives. You are not better than anyone else in this world. If you get caught doing inappropriate stuff YOU should pay your own legal fees and also ANY FINES. Then depending on what atrocity you did, Step down.
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    NDA’s for government jobs should be prohibited. . Not “limited”.
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    NDAs should not be enforceable in cases of violence, including sexual harassment. Doing so gives the predator to continue this behavior against unsuspecting people.
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    What's to argue against? "... personal information would remain confidential unless the victim chooses to make the information public."
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    Protect American women!
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    NDAs should not cover up illegal acts.
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    We cannot allow perpetrators to “hide” using NDAs like this. We must set limits to using NDAs. Pass this bill.
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    Forget about limiting them, get rid of NDA’s all together! All they do is protect the accused and will only encourage them to do it again since the victims will have to remain silent.
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