The Jersey City Council approved resolutions supporting the SPEAK OUT Act before Congress, along with giving the green light for two cannabis dispensaries.
By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View
The Speak Out Act would prevent employers from imposing mandatory non-disclosure agreements (NDA) on employees who have suffered sexual harassment and assault and who subsequently cannot warn others.
“No one should ever be silenced from telling their story by a mandatory NDA. Long before my own assault story became public, I asked for advice. When I went to Julie Roginsky, a former senior advisor on the Murphy campaign, I didn’t know what she had seen,” Katie Brennan, who helped draft the local legislation with Ward E Councilman James Solomon.
“She wasn’t legally allowed to tell me. Her NDA prevented me from telling me that I wasn’t alone, prevented her from telling me that she warned the governor about the toxic environment for female workers on his campaign. The NDA she signed upon employment was so onerous that she could not even confide in me that it existed at all. NDAs hurt survivors.”
Brennan, the former chief of staff at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, received a $1 million