NDAs: MPs call for ban on ‘gagging clauses’ over ‘cover-up’ fears

Employers are using non-disclosure agreements to “cover up unlawful and criminal behaviour”, MPs say.
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Image caption Hannah Martin said she had been forced out of her job and made to sign a gagging clause after having a baby

MPs have called for a ban on “gagging clauses” used by employers to silence allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Maria Miller, chairwoman of the Women and Equalities committee, said non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) were having a “destructive effect on people’s lives”.

NDAs were designed to stop staff sharing secrets if they changed jobs.

But MPs say they are now used to “cover up unlawful and criminal behaviour”.

The Women and Equalities Committee says the government needs to clarify the rules on whistleblowing and tackle the financial barriers employees face when trying to take cases to employment tribunals.

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