The Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo advocacy showed how non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) can serve to silence victims of sexual harassment. Prince Edward Island recently became the first province in Canada to pass legislation designed to limit the use of NDAs.

Today in The Conversation Canada, we’ve got two stories that examine the interplay between individual perpetrators of harassment, workplace networks, work cultures and leadership.

Peggy Cunningham of Dalhousie University and Minette Drumwright of the University of Texas at Austin examine how NDAs can be harmful to victims of misconduct. Their research has examined people’s experiences in organizations where persistent sexual harassment has occurred, including at nine universities. They find that removing perpetrators of harassment isn’t enough because a “network of complicity” typically remains intact. They write: “Importantly, the organizational culture must be transformed, which is typically a long-term endeavour, but it can be done.”

In the other article, Claudine Mangen of Concordia University writes about how the “tone at the top” of companies has far-reaching repercussions: What a company’s leadership talks about, how they talk, what they do and how they do it models what is permissible. She writes: “Ideally, leaders are attentive to their communities, behave responsibly and model good behaviour. They are aware of how their words and deeds carry particular moral weight.”

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Ending workplace sexual harassment means going beyond holding perpetrators to account to address a ‘network of complicity’ that enables unethical conduct. (Shutterstock)

Banning non-disclosure agreements isn’t enough to stop unethical workplace leader behaviour

Peggy Cunningham, Dalhousie University; Minette Drumwright, University of Texas at Austin

Research in universities and businesses experiencing persistent sexual harassment shows non-disclosure agreements can have negative effects on workers and their organizations.

French-language advocates protest Air Canada’s chief executive Michael Rousseau’s inability to speak French in front of the airline’s head office during a demonstration in Montréal. The sign reads: “Rousseau Get Out.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Corporate leadership: Why the tone at the top has moral consequences

Claudine Mangen, Concordia University

What CEOs say and how they say it are essential. Their words can set the tone at the top of the firm and have far-reaching repercussions.

The Omicron variant has been confirmed in all continents except Antarctica. (Pixabay/Canva)

Omicron FAQ: How is it different from other variants? Is it a ‘super-variant?’ Can it evade vaccines? How transmissible is it?

Dasantila Golemi-Kotra, York University, Canada

One of the ways the Omicron variant is different from other variants is the sheer number of mutations in the spike protein. Does this make it a super-variant?

Some tools of the trade for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ryan Conrad)

Sex, taxes & COVID-19: How sex workers navigated pandemic relief efforts

Ryan Conrad, York University, Canada; Emma McKenna, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Government support programs like CERB and EI provide a safety net. During COVID-19, sex workers accessed various financial support — future policy needs to address the rights and security of sex workers.

A bitcoin symbol is seen on an LED screen during the closing ceremony of a gathering of cryptocurrency investors in Santa Maria Mizata, El Salvador, in November 2021. President Nayib Bukele announced his government is building an oceanside Bitcoin City. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

After a big year for cryptocurrencies, what’s on the horizon in 2022?

Erica Pimentel, Queen's University, Ontario; Bertrand Malsch, Queen's University, Ontario; Nathaniel Loh, Queen's University, Ontario

The market for cryptocurrencies has expanded dramatically in the last year. With this uptick of activity, what’s next in 2022 for cryptocurrencies?

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Louis-Philippe Coulombe, Université de Montréal

Nuages, températures infernales, nuits sans fin ? Caractériser l’atmosphère d’exoplanètes, ces planètes qui gravitent autour d’autres étoiles que le soleil, représente un travail considérable et ardu.


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