Only days after issuing a bland statement in support of gender equality, the administration stopped a key equal pay initiative that the Obama administration put in place.
The provision would have required the employers to report aggregate information on the amount they pay workers. And it would have been required for the information to be broken down by gender, race, and ethnicity. This would have been an important first step in figuring out the pay gap scope across the country.
However, the Office of Management and Budget said that they would be stopping its implementation to review the provision. They cited concerns about paperwork and privacy.
The first daughter, Ivanka Trump, who often speaks about the importance of equal pay and last summer promised her father felt the same way also issued a statement where she supported this move.
“Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results. We look forward to continuing to work with [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission], [the Office of Management and Budget], Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap.”
Numerous women’s groups decried the move. Fatima Goss Graves, president, and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center said “This is not a technical tweak as they would have you believe. Make no mistake— it’s an all-out attack on equal pay. Today’s action sends a clear message to employers. If you want to ignore pay inequities and sweep them under the rug, this Administration has your back.”
On average, the women in the US are paid 80 cents for every dollar men earn. The pay gap for women of color is worse. Hispanic women earn 54 cents on the dollar, while black women make 63 cents. And even when researchers analyze this data, accounting for differences in education and time spent in the labor force, this wage gap remains.
This Obama administration provision being halted is a result orchestrated from the US Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, it’s even more disappointing because this provision was a compromised effort. It was something that was put together with the ease and efficiency of the employer community in mind.
However, there were rumors since back in January that this was going to happen. It’s also difficult to be surprised that the administration, which has previously been openly hostile to women’s rights, would make such a move. They already rolled back provisions on contraception and reinstated some harsh restrictions on women’s health around the world.
They are obviously not a woman- or family-friendly administration.