Nova Scotia Federation of Labour applauds Nova Scotia universities for taking a position against non-disclosure agreements in cases of harassment and discrimination

December 11, 2023

Halifax, Nova Scotia – December 11, 2023 – The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour commends the University of King’s College and Acadia University for their groundbreaking commitment to not use non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in cases of harassment, discrimination, and other abuses. This historic pledge marks a significant step in ensuring transparency and accountability at post-secondary institutions within our province and the country, says Danny Cavanagh, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL).  

The joint announcement made by officials at the University of King’s College in Halifax and Acadia University in Wolfville today signals a strong stance against the misuse of NDAs, which can perpetuate a culture of silence surrounding sexual violence, harassment, and other forms of abuse. By refraining from using NDAs, these institutions demonstrate their dedication to supporting victims and empowering them to share their experiences openly.

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour commends the University of King’s College and Acadia University for taking a bold stand against the use of NDAs in cases involving sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and other forms of misconduct. Federation president Danny Cavanagh says this commitment should be hailed as a significant milestone in ensuring justice and accountability for victims in our province.

However, this commendable initiative by these two prestigious institutions should not be the end of the road. The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president Danny Cavanagh calls upon Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservative government to enact legislation that will ban the use of NDAs in cases of workplace sexual harassment, discrimination, and other abuses throughout the province. Such a measure would demonstrate our commitment to creating safe and inclusive work environments for all Nova Scotians.

We urge the government to follow the lead of these two universities and take decisive action to protect workers from the potential harm caused by the misuse of NDAs. Cavanagh concludes that we must continue to work towards a society where victims are supported, perpetrators are held accountable, and justice prevails.

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