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N.J. outlaws gag orders that muzzle victims of sexual harassment and assault

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New Jersey employers will no longer be allowed to force workers to remain silent when they settle a sexual harassment, discrimination or assault claim, under a bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Monday that takes effect immediately, .

#MeToo movement advocates say these so-called nondisclosure agreements have kept workplace disputes under wraps and mask the pervasiveness of the sexual harassment problem in the workplace.

“The days of silencing victims of harassment and discrimination are over. This will help stop serial abusers like Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby,” said veteran employment law attorney Nancy Ericka Smith of Montclair, who represented clients who filed suit against Ailes, the former chairman of Fox News.

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