From labor disputes cases to labor and employment publications, for your research, you’ll find solutions on Bloomberg Law®. Protect your clients by developing strategies based on Litigation...
By Brenna Goth
Sexual predators in Arizona would have a harder time buying the silence of victims via nondisclosure pacts, under a Republican bill that sailed through the state’s House.
Under H.B. 2020, which passed 59-0, nondisclosure agreements wouldn’t be enforced when a person is responding to questions from peace officers or prosecutors. Signers would also be allowed to make statements in criminal proceedings they didn’t initiate. But the measure doesn’t lift nondisclosure requirements entirely.
The bill would also outlaw the use of taxpayer dollars for nondisclosure agreements related to sexual assault or harassment allegations against a public official.
The legislation is an attempt to close the “predator loophole” that buys the silence of victims, bill sponsor Rep. Maria Syms (R) said during committee hearings earlier this month. The measure passed Feb. 15.
The measure comes as a response to recent high-profile allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against powerful men such as movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar. Some accusers have cited nondisclosure agreements as a limit on what alleged victims can share in court and with the public.
The action also comes in the wake of charges against a member of Arizona’s House. Rep. Don Shooter (R) was ousted after an investigation corroborated accounts of sexual misconduct.
The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
A spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said the governor doesn’t comment on pending legislation and will review the measure if and when it reaches his desk.
Ducey supported the recent exit of Shooter, saying in a statement that “there is no room for this behavior anywhere.”
The bill prevents people from signing an agreement and then launching their own charges to void it, Syms said at the hearing.
“It would be responsive rather than initiated,” she said.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)