It’s unclear who the employees of Bloomberg LP are or what remarks by Bloomberg they complained to his company about. His statement Friday covers remarks he personally made and not the actions of other Bloomberg LP employees that could have resulted in more NDAs.
Under pressure from Warren this week, Bloomberg said he has no tolerance for the behavior but cast the agreements as consensual. He also reiterated his long-running defense that the language he used were jokes.
“None of (the women) accused me of doing anything, other than, maybe, they didn’t like a joke I told,” Bloomberg said in Nevada. Last month, on “The View,” he went further in his explanation, “Did I ever tell a bawdy joke? Yeah, sure, I did. And do I regret it? Yes, it’s embarrassing, but, you know, that’s the way I grew up.”
Bloomberg’s company has faced several gender discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits leading to settlements and dismissals. Donna Clancy, an attorney for three former employees who have sued both Bloomberg and his company, told ABC News that if the women were to break their NDAs, the “terms and conditions say that they would suffer the consequences.”
In the debate, Warren urged Bloomberg to act so the public could know “exactly what’s lurking out there.” “He has gotten some number of women — dozens, who knows? — to sign nondisclosure agreements both for sexual harassment and for gender discrimination in the workplace,” Warren said.
“We are not going to beat Donald Trump with a man who has who knows how many nondisclosure agreements and the drip, drip, drip of stories of women saying they have been harassed and discriminated against. That’s not what we do as Democrats,” Warren added.