The use of non-disclosure agreements in discrimination cases inquiry - Women and Equalities Committee report published June 2019

Date published: 
11 June 2019

The Women and Equalities Committee has published its report into the wider use of non-disclosure agreements in cases where any form of harassment or other discrimination is alleged, including, for example, pregnancy or maternity discrimination or racist abuse.

In the report, MPs condemn the routine cover-up of allegations of unlawful discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and the fact that some employers fail to investigate allegations of unlawful discrimination properly - or at all.

The report highlights the difficulties of pursuing a case at employment tribunal and the substantial imbalance of power that can exist between employers and employees which can drive employees to feel that they have little choice but to reach a settlement that prohibits them from speaking out.

Kiran Daurka, Partner at Leigh Day, gave oral evidence (alongside Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC, Director, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, Jane Mann, Partner and Head of Employment Group, Fox Williams LLP, Julie Morris, Employment Solicitor and Head of Personal Legal Services, Slater and Gordon) to the Committee on behalf of the Discrimination Law Association.  You can view the session here.

You can read the full report here and find full details of the inquiry here.