Friday, November 17, 2017
PA: State Senator Introduces Bill Banning Non-disclosure Agreements in Sexual Assault and Harassment Cases
Sen. Judy Schwank introduced a bill in the Pennsylvania Senate designed to prevent sexual offenders from settling cases without exposure:
Schwank's proposal, rolled out at a Capitol press conference Wednesday, would bar any contract or out-of-court settlement from containing provisions that:
* Prohibit disclosure of the name of any person suspected of sexual misconduct or any information relevant to a claim.
* Would block reports of such claims to an "appropriate person."
* Requires the destruction or expungement of related evidence.
The bill would, however, grant a shield of confidentiality to victims making allegations of abuse, giving them rights similar to juveniles in a child welfare case who can have cases brought through their initials or other identifiers.
California is the only state with such a law. Opponents argue the bill would discourage defendants from settling these cases.
Pennlive has details.