Gagging clauses are good

22 Jan 2019
by Sharma Solicitors

A tidal wave of public opinion is threatening to derail confidentiality agreements between employees and employers that can be in the interests of both.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons in October 2018 that the government would act on employers’ alleged abuse of confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements.

The moral panic is about well-heeled and powerful bosses using a wad of cash to bribe and bully cowering employees into keeping schtum about how bosses victimized and abused them.

This comes in the wake of a revelation that a court stopped The Daily Telegraph from publishing details about a leading businessman’s bad behavior. It also follows the #MeToo furor about the Hollywood film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, using legally-binding agreements to keep film actresses quiet about his alleged abuse of them.

But is it that simple?