Most of the recent stories about sexual abuse claims are about the filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly and other powerful journalists, actors, and executives.
They have mentioned settlements either they or their employers proceeded to silence women who accused them of harassment and misconduct.
These settlements often require the victims to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), essentially a pledge of secrecy, in exchange for a cash payment. They have been designed to keep the reputations of allegedly abusive high-flyers intact, arrangements that can allow repeated wrongdoing.
Taxpayers Are Supporting Hush Money For Sexual Harassment And Assault
As a law professor who focuses on white-collar crime said;
what I find striking about these contracts is how they can be treated as tax-deductible business expenses.
That means American taxpayers have been helping foot the bill for keeping awful behavior in the shadows.
It further said'
I don’t believe that secret payments to settle sexual abuse claims should be tax-deductible.
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