Activists ask NBC to release NDAs, hold independent probe

JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Activists called upon NBC Universal on Saturday to allow former employees to speak out freely on sexual harassment in the workplace without restriction, rather than having to come to the company first to be released from non-disclosure agreements. The company said Saturday that any former employee who believes they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a non-disparagement agreement should contact the company, "and we will release them from that perceived obligation." The statement, which was emailed to The Associated Press, was first reported Friday night by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, in an emotional segment introducing author Ronan Farrow. The highly influential MSNBC host expressed deep concern that her
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