New Limitations In Confidentiality In Sexual Harassment Settlements
Updated: Aug 7, 2019
As of January 1, 2019, California law prohibits a settlement agreement from including a confidentiality provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information pertaining to civil or administrative complaints of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or workplace harassment, or discrimination based on sex. Any provision in a settlement agreement entered into on or after January 1, 2019, that prevents the disclosure of such information will be considered void as a matter of public policy. The law does permit a provision, however, that would safeguard the claimant’s identity and any facts that could lead one to discover the claimant’s identity (but only at the request of the claimant and in matters not involving a government agency or public official), as well as a provision that prevents the disclosure of the amount paid to settle the claim, at the request of either party.