Michael Bloomberg will release three women who have Non-Disclosure Agreements against him, his campaign team announced today.
The billionaire candidate running to become the Democratic candidate for President has come under fire for his history of legal agreements with former female staff members.
He tweeted out a statement confirming that he would release the women from the arrangement, if they request it.
'I’ve had the company go back over its record and they’ve identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made,' the statement said.
'If any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company and they’ll be given a release. I’ve done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days and I’ve decided that for as long as I’m running the company, we won’t offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward.
'I recognize that NDAs, particularly when they are used in the context of sexual harassment and sexual assault, promote a culture of silence in the workplace and contribute to a culture of women not feeling safe or supported. It is imperative that when problems occur, workplaces not only address the specific incidents, but the culture and practices that led to those incidents. And then leaders must act.'
Bloomberg has come under attack for the legal arrangements, especially from Elizabeth Warren
Bloomberg LP has identified 3 NDAs signed over the past 30+ years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made.
If any of them want to be released from their NDAs, they should contact the company and they'll be given a release. https://t.co/bO9JpvSx1T— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg)February 21, 2020
Warren, who had a a strong debate performance on Wednesday while attacking Bloomberg, went after him again over the issue on Thursday.
The Massachussetts senator drafted a document for Bloomberg to sign which would release the women with accusations against him.
"So I used to teach contract law. And I thought I would make this easy. I wrote up a release and covenant not to sue. And all that Mayor Bloomberg has to do is download it. I'll text it. Sign it. And then the women, or men, will be free to speak and tell their own stories," Warren said at a CNN town hall.
Mike Bloomberg can easily release the women who have accused him of sexual harassment—and who voluntarily want to speak about their experiences—from their non-disclosure agreements. Take a look at how simple and straightforward it would be: pic.twitter.com/XLncEnSXDF— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren)February 21, 2020
Less than 24 hours later, she had her way.
It is unclear what allegations the women tied to these agreements made against the former mayor of New York.