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MPs launch inquiry into workplace harassment

From BBC - February 12, 2018

MPs are to examine the use of non-disclosure agreements as part of an inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Women and Equalities Committee said it would consider whether they were being abused by employers and legal experts to "cover up wrongdoing".

How to protect staff and make it easier for them to report abuse are among other issues that will be looked at.

Tory MP Maria Miller said changes to workplace culture were clearly needed.

The inquiry follows a string of allegations of harassment and bullying against leading figures in the US film and media industries, as well as claims of inappropriate behaviour in Parliament and other high-profile British institutions.

Announcing the inquiry, the committee's chair, Mrs Miller - a former Conservative cabinet minister - said women had come forward to speak about the "appalling experiences" that they had faced in a number of different sectors.

The cross-party committee, she said, would look at the extent of the problem in British workplaces, who the perpetrators were, why it was continuing to happen and how it could best be tackled.

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