Mike Bloomberg announced on Friday that his company would release three former female employees from their confidentiality agreements if they wanted to make their stories about works public to him.
“Bloomberg LP has identified 3 NDAs that have been signed with women in the last 30+ years to handle complaints about comments they said I had made,” the hopeful tweeted in 2020. “If anyone of their NDAs wants to be released, they must contact the company and receive a release. “
Bloomberg’s flip-flop about leaving ex-employees out of these contracts came after new polls showed that his preference figure dropped a net 20 points after the Wednesday night debate, according to a Morning Consult survey.
Bloomberg was taken over by Elizabeth Warren during the Las Vegas debate on Wednesday for keeping these contracts intact.
She continued to keep the story in the news by appearing at a CNN town hall on Thursday evening with a document in her hand, allowing her to use her skills as a professor of contract law.
Elizabeth Warren launched Michael Bloomberg (photo) during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, which was the first time the former mayor of New York stood next to his primary rivals
Elizabeth Warren appeared in a CNN town hall on Thursday evening and brought a release she wrote for women and men who had previously worked for Mike Bloomberg and who were under secrecy agreements that he refused to wave.
Elizabeth Warren (left) shared the document with CNN’s Erin Burnett (right) and explained that she had used her experience as a professor of contact law to draft it
At the debate stage, Elizabeth Warren (right) tore Mike Bloomberg (left) about refusing to release employees from confidentiality agreements
Elizabeth Warren wrote a release for Mike Bloomberg to use with former employees who are currently covered by confidentiality agreements. Warren shared it on Twitter and talked about it Thursday night in a CNN town hall
“And I thought I’d make this easy,” Warren told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “I wrote a release and a covenant not to sue. And all Mayor Bloomberg has to do is download – I text it – sign it. And then the women, or men, will be free to speak and tell their own stories, “Warren added, while the audience laughed.
Warren once played the Harvard Law professor and read the relevant parts:
“Bloomberg and the company release all obligations contained in an agreement, including but not limited to an employment agreement, termination or confidentiality agreement between Bloomberg and / or the company and another person to the extent that these obligations release the other person from the release of information regarding sexual harassment, discrimination or other misconduct at the company or by Bloomberg itself, “she said. “According to this release, it is now the other person’s choice to disclose such information or not.”
“I think the mayor must sign this and that we are all entitled to see,” Warren added.
As soon as Warren came on stage, she had reminded the CNN audience in Las Vegas of her continuing attacks on Bloomberg during the democratic debate in Nevada.
“I have had an exchange with Mayor Bloomberg about the question of sexual harassment and discrimination, and that has happened, and there have been many allegations about it, and he said on stage that, no, it is really just a few jokes he told me people couldn’t have been kidding, “Warren said.
When Bloomberg went against the line: “None of them is accusing me of anything other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told you,” the audience snapped.
The audience also responded to Warren’s opening swing at Bloomberg, where she called him for nasty things he said about women in the past.
‘I want to talk about who we meet, a billionaire who calls women fat women and horses with horse faces. And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg, “Warren said Wednesday night.
Burnett asked Warren about that attack line.
“Just let me be clear. That’s what he said. I quoted him on those words, “Warren said.
The anchor then asked if Bloomberg’s reaction – which implies that it was a joke – was sufficient.
“That’s just not enough,” the Massachusetts senator complained.
She answered in the affirmative when Burnett asked whether Bloomberg’s behavior “in itself” disqualified to become President of the United States.
“Yes, I do,” Warren replied. “You know, we can all remember the power relationship about what’s going on here.”
She pointed out how much courage it took as an employee to stand up against the boss, especially someone who made just as much money as Bloomberg, who is currently worth $ 63.7 billion, according to Forbes.
“You have to admit, it costs a lot to be able to do that, and the result is that he dumps some money on it and then puts a plug in the woman’s mouth,” Warren said. “If he is not willing to remove those gags and let those women and maybe those men talk, he will be disqualified as president of the United States.”
That said, Warren admitted to Burnett that she would support whoever the Democratic candidate is.
“Look, I will support the Democratic nominee because I believe that everyone on that stage would be a better president than Donald Trump. I’m in, “Warren said.
Burnett asked Warren to repeat whether she would support Bloomberg “even thought he called someone a” horse face lesbian. ”
“Look … what we have now is an opportunity for Nevada voters to make sure that Michael Bloomberg is not our candidate, and that’s what I’m asking,” Warren said.