The Trump administration has put a stop to an Obama-era rule designed to end pay disparities in the workplace. The rule would have required large companies to report the amount they pay workers by race and gender.
The decision announced Tuesday evening sparked outrage from those who say women earn on average only 79 cents to a man’s dollar. The wage gap is even greater for black and Hispanic women.
Ivanka Trump, in particular, was attacked for her support of trashing the rule when she has previously spoken out against discriminatory pay in the workplace.
“We have seen her say the words ‘equal pay’ and that she supports equal pay,” said Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center, in a report by the Chicago Tribune. “but halting a equal pay policy, which would have brought transparency and improved enforcement and made employers more accountable — that shows her rhetoric doesn’t match reality.”
The rule would have required companies with more than 100 employees to submit more detailed information to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on a form they already submit each year. Currently, only large federal contractors provide such information.
“Pay discrimination goes undetected because of a lack of accurate information about what people are paid,” said Jenny Yang, former chairwoman of the EEOC, last year at a White House press conference. “Collecting this pay data would help fill a critical void we need to ensure American workers receive fair pay for their work.”
Opponents of the rule say it would have been too burdensome on employers and that the additional information required was not specific enough to provide meaningful evidence of discrimination.