Gretchen Carlson, Julie Roginsky and Diana Falzone, the co-founders of Lift Our Voices, issued the following statement today in response to Wells Fargo’s decision to end mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment cases:
“Today’s announcement proves once again that activism works, that together we can end the toxic paradigm that has protected predators at the expense of the women and men who do nothing more than find the courage to stand up for themselves. Wells Fargo’s decision is yet another step in ending the secrecy and silence that survivors of sexual harassment and assault have been forced to endure at the hands of perpetrators and their enablers. One major bank can inspire others in the financial sector to do the right thing. We have seen this with Microsoft’s announcement that it would end arbitration for sexual harassment claims more than two years ago which inspired others in the tech space to follow suit. For too long, arbitration and non-disclosure agreements have ensured that the wrongdoing is hidden from colleagues and the public and survivors suffer in silence, unable to tell their own stories and often believe they are alone. From Silicon Valley to Wall Street to Main Street to Washington, DC, the tide is shifting. We call on all other organizations, both in the public and private sectors, to join us as we build a more just future for the American workforce.”
Lift Our Voices, founded in 2019, is dedicated to lifting the veil of secrecy and provide a voice to survivors by putting an end to forced arbitration, mandatory non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), and confidentiality provisions in employment-related incidents of workplace toxicity, including sexual harassment, retaliation, and gender discrimination.