NDAs "drove bad culture in the place British workplace - a culture where mismanagement can beconcealed and where the silence of employees who have been the victims of significant wrongdoing can actually be bought off, motivating even a small number of employees to vexatiously seek payments from employers by making false allegations, ”a- she said.
"We just need to break this destructive cycle.
The pressure to crack down on the use of NDAs has been building since 2018, when the retail billionaire Sir Philip Green has been appointed to parliament as the subject of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and 'intimidation.
Court of Appeal judges granted a temporary injunction preventing the Daily Telegraph from publishing misconduct allegations made by five employees about 'a character that thenewspaper described him as a "prominent businessman ". The staff had signed nondisclosure agreements .
Gagging orders have also been at the heart of serious allegations of sexual abuse in 2017 against the former film producer Harvey Weinstein , which triggered the #MeToo movement .
Zelda Perkins , a former assistant to the producer, broke an NDA to expose how he used gag contracts to makesilence victims of harassment.
Miller, who was Minister for Women and Equalities under Prime Minister David Cameron, said the #MeToo movement had helped highlight the use of NDAs to silence victims.
But she warned that while the government was aware of the problem, it had not done enough to resolve it. She highlighted efforts to legislate against NDAs in Ireland, Canada and California .
"We cannot be left behind, " she said. “We need to legislate for change. We can no longer pretend that he doesn 'tthere is no abuse of the law. It is happening, and the government has proof of it.
"Parliament must legislate now if we are to ensure that everyone is equally protected at work under the law.