Women’s Group Slams Ivanka Trump and Trump Administration for Stay of Obama-Era Equal Pay Data Collection Rule
Yesterday, the White House announced a “review and immediate stay” of an Obama-era rule that would have required businesses to collect data on how much they pay their workers based on race, gender, and ethnicity. Companies would have been required to report this pay data to the Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) beginning 2018.
Jenny Yang, was chairwoman of the EEOC said when the rules were drafted. At a press conference in June she praised the data collection by saying, “Having pay data in summary form will also help us identify patterns that may warrant further investigation.”
In reaction to the news, Nita Chaudhary, Co-founder of UltraViolet issued the following statement:
“The Trump administration’s announcement that it has stayed the equal pay data collection rule makes it abundantly clear that white supremacy and sexism are alive and well in the White House. Equal pay for women and people of color should be a non-controversial issue, and yet the Trump administration is dead-set on taking away our basic protections. Women lose over $400,000 throughout their lifetime because of the gender pay gap, and that number is more than double for women of color.
“The Trump administration’s announcement is a setback for equality and will worsen this country’s pay gap. The very purpose of pay data collection is to ensure against wage discrimination targeting women and people of color. This administration is either too incompetent to understand this or is deliberately trying to sabotage women and people of color’s right to equal pay for equal work. Let’s call this policy change for what it is—a thinly-veiled attempt to give corporations license to discriminate against their employees.
“We wonder how much moral integrity Ivanka Trump has left. By backing her father’s policy change, she has revealed the emptiness of her claim as a champion for working women. From exploiting poor women who make her brand’s products abroad in sweatshop conditions, to uplifting her father’s anti-woman policies, Ivanka has shown her true colors as a farcical ‘ally’ for working women.”
Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO and executive director of MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families blasted Trumps roll back of fair pay regulations.
“Last night, in another shameful action, the Trump administration halted an initiative designed to advance fair pay for women and workers of color. The pay data the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was about to begin collecting was designed to help uncover discrimination by requiring employers to collect and report wages by job category, sex, race and ethnicity. Ending this data collection is an assault on fair pay and will undercut efforts to close the wage gap and advance women and minorities in the workplace.
“Even though it has been more than 50 years since the Equal Pay Act became law, women are only paid, on average, 80 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Mothers face an even greater wage gap of 71 cents for every dollar paid to fathers, and the gap for moms of color and single moms is even more punishing. The administration’s action will undermine efforts to close the wages gap, denying relief to tens of millions of women, many of whom are the sole breadwinners for their families. It also will perpetuate the damage the wage gap causes to our economy.
“The Office of Management and Budget’s claim that this change is meant only to ease the burden on employers and will not impede efforts to boost equal pay is insulting. This commonsense rule resulted from a years-long effort to bolster economic opportunity for women and people of color. We call on the Trump administration to reverse this decision, support the Paycheck Fairness Act, and commit to ending the wage gap once and for all.”