“Lift Our Voices” aims to fight corporate cover-ups of workplace abuses.
Looking back on the day in July 2016 when she signed her historic $20 million sexual harassment settlement with Fox News, there is one thing Gretchen Carlson says she would do differently.
“I knew my own personal experience, and it was an incredibly lonely, isolated experience,” Carlson says. “I had no idea how pervasive this epidemic [of sexual harassment] was. I had no idea how it had been kept under wraps. Had I known what I know now, when I filed my case, I would have fought harder not to have an NDA.”
Three and a half years later, Carlson is fighting against nondisclosure agreements — her own and anyone else’s — in a new initiative she’s launching with fellow Fox alumna Julie Roginsky.
The duo are creating an organization, Lift Our Voices, devoted to stopping companies from using NDAs to cover up incidents of workplace harassment and discrimination. Carlson and Roginsky say they will be asking industry and political leaders to pledge to eradicate NDAs for these purposes in their workplaces. They also hope to build a base of supporters who will penalize companies that continue to use NDAs to stifle employees’ speech about their working conditions.
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