Should Nondisclosure Agreements Be Banned in Sexual Harassment Settlements?

Knight Kiplinger offers his advice on how companies can improve their handling of harassment problems.

Question: Do you think nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) should be prohibited in sexual harassment settlements so that repeat offenders can be identified and stopped?

Answer: No, not banned, but the settlement process can be improved. It's not clear to me that banning NDAs altogether is always in the best interest of either the accuser or the accused, for the following reasons.

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Knight Kiplinger
Editor Emeritus, Kiplinger

Knight came to Kiplinger in 1983, after 13 years in daily newspaper journalism, the last six as Washington bureau chief of the Ottaway Newspapers division of Dow Jones. A frequent speaker before business audiences, he has appeared on NPR, CNN, Fox and CNBC, among other networks. Knight contributes to the weekly Kiplinger Letter.