During an interview with Al Sharpton, 2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg admitted he debated poorly.
Bloomberg says “I blame nobody but me.”
According to a report that came after the interview, Bloomberg said he will release 3 women from NDAs if they ask.
However, it’s unclear how many more are under NDA and if he would release all women from NDAs.
CBS reports Mike Bloomberg announced Friday afternoon that women who signed nondisclosure agreements over complaints about comments they claimed Bloomberg had made will be released from those NDAs if they ask. Bloomberg LP has identified three such NDAs signed over the past 30-plus years that fell into this category, he said in a statement.
The founder said his company won’t offer confidentiality agreements for sexual harassment or misconduct claims as long as he’s running the place. Bloomberg has been accused in the past of making sexist, offensive comments at his company.
The multi-billionaire’s reversal on the subject came after a few days of reflection on Bloomberg’s part, after Wednesday night’s debate. He came under fire in the Las Vegas Democratic debate when Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden pressured him to release women who worked as his company from their NDAs. Bloomberg said he’d done nothing except perhaps “maybe they didn’t like a joke I told,” eliciting audible gasps from the audience. He said at the time that the NDAs would stand.
“I’ve had the company go back over its record and they’ve identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “If any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company and they’ll be given a release. I’ve done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days and I’ve decided that for as long as I’m running the company, we won’t offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward.”
“I recognize that NDAs, particularly when they are used in the context of sexual harassment and sexual assault, promote a culture of silence in the workplace and contribute to a culture of women not feeling safe or supported. It is imperative that when problems occur, workplaces not only address the specific incidents, but the culture and practices that led to those incidents. And then leaders must act,” he added.