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New York Curtails Release Agreements Involving Claims of Discrimination, Harassment, or Retaliation

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Article Title: “NY Law Breaks the Silence on Discriminatory Agreements”

Summary: Silence is no longer golden in the face of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation claims, as New York steps up to restrict certain terms from nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements. In a groundbreaking move, the state has expanded the law beyond discriminatory claims to encompass “discriminatory harassment and retaliation” cases. This groundbreaking legislation aims to ensure that the voices of those affected are heard, shedding light on an issue that has long remained hidden behind closed doors.

Reference: Adapted from “New York Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Strengthening State’s Workplace Harassment Protections” by the National Law Review.
New York enacted a law to restrict certain terms from being included in nondisclosure and nondisparagement agreements involving claims of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. It expanded the law to cover not only claims involving discrimination, but also claims involving “discriminatory harassment and retaliation.”

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