HOUSTON, Texas. The confidentiality of some sexual harassment settlements has left some wondering whether they harm or protect individuals who have been harassed in the workplace. According to the Nation, many sexual harassment settlements come with confidentiality clauses. In many cases, larger companies or universities are willing to make confidential settlements with employees in order to avoid the bad publicity that goes along with a sexual harassment court case. Sometimes a private settlement can lead to a faster resolution. Many claims, in fact, are resolved in this manner before a case even goes to court. Court cases are public and are likely to draw the attention of the media. With a confidential settlement, the bad press is avoided.
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