Effective January 1, 2022, amended California Code of Civil Procedure §1001 expands restrictions on confidentiality clauses in settlement agreements.
Previous law barred such clauses in agreements settling filed civil or administrative actions alleging sexual assault or sexual harassment. Only the identity of the claimant and the amount of the settlement could be protected.
The new provisions expand the prohibition to include
1) acts of workplace harassment or discrimination not based on sex, and
2) acts of harassment or discrimination not based on sex by the owner of a housing accommodation.