Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he would allow his company to release three women from confidentiality agreements with his company, a reversal after defending himself earlier this week during a Democratic presidential debate under pressure from his rivals. Mike Bloomberg, who will be attacked Friday during the Democratic debate on confidentiality agreements, said he would remove some NDA signatories from their agreements. It needs to get women out of confidentiality agreements so that we can hear their page of history. Watch our new announcement, pic.twitter.com/qJEI2PT6T5 Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden have asked Bloomberg to remove women from confidentiality agreements. Bloomberg refused. In a statement, Bloomberg, which operates media group Bloomberg LP, said the agreements “relate to comments they said I made them” and that women should contact her company for a publication. When Bloomberg was confronted with questions about its use of confidentiality agreements in resolving allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace raised by employees against its media empire, Bloomberg was a reflexive defense of the NDAs and insisted that such agreements be “concluded by mutual agreement.” After refusing to make public these “nondisclosure agreements” (NDAs) at the debate scene, the former mayor of New York ordered his media company of the same name to verify the use of these contracts and to authorize their release. WASHINGTON/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that his company had identified three women linked by confidentiality agreements regarding his current behavior and that they would be released from their agreements if they wished.
WASHINGTON – Two days after political rivals convinced him about the issue during the Las Vegas debate, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg agreed to release three women from confidentiality agreements signed by his company over comments they accused him of. “If one of them wants to be fired from his NDA so that he can talk about these accusations, he should go to the company and get a release,” the billionaire said in the statement. I have been thinking a lot about this in recent days and have decided that as long as I am running the company, we will not offer confidentiality agreements to clarify allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct in the future. Multi-billion-euro businessman Michael Bloomberg stumbled during Wednesday`s democratic debate when Senator Elizabeth Warren was pushed by Senator Elizabeth Warren over confidentiality agreements signed by women over allegations of workplace misconduct at her media company. The testy exchange raised questions about the fairness of employers who use these agreements, the “NODs,” to effectively silence workers. With respect to Bloomberg and his company`s NDAs, it is not known how many were signed or what they prescribe. When Warren pushed the number of women who had signed it to disclose, Bloomberg gave no details. Mike Bloomberg has led a number of women – who know how many – to sign confidentiality agreements for sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
On Friday, after violent setbacks during the debate, Bloomberg changed its position and agreed that three women who had personally accused him of misconduct could be released from their confidentiality agreements.