The Trump administration’s full-frontal assault on the letter and spirit of Obama’s progressive accomplishments continues full force. This time, they’re coming for workplace equality. According to Washington reports, the White House plans to block an Obama rule which would require companies with over 100 employees to report data on wages by gender and race to the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in order to ensure compliance with equal pay provisions.
Trump administration officials justify their move by claiming the rule would create an undue administrative burden on employers, while also not having the intended effect of ensuring workplace wage equality. The White House claims the amount of paperwork this tracking and reporting of wages would entail would violate the Paperwork Reduction Act.
In other words, they’re saying too much paper is the reason they can’t be bothered about some people not getting enough paper.
Ivanka Trump, often seen as the only hope for progressive values in Trump’s inner circle and an outspoken critic of workplace pay disparity, issued a statement agreeing with her father’s decision: “Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results,” she said in a statement.
The Obama administration was hopeful about their rule. Their main argument was that creating this database of payscales would help identify trends, and create an evidentiary pool from which to prosecute discrimination, if need be.
The Obama rule was scheduled to take effect in spring of this year.
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