Trump blocks Obama rule on collecting info on pay by race, gender

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"At a time when gender- and race-based wage gaps are punishing working people, families and our economy, identifying and addressing pay disparities should be a priority", Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, said in a statement. Defunding this Obama-era measure also comes as part of a new budget initiative, sending the clear message from Trump that there are more important things for this administration to spend money on. "If you want to ignore pay inequities and sweep them under the rug, this Administration has your back".

Ivanka Trump issued a statement saying that, while she supports transparency, the Obama proposal simply would not have produced the desired results. "#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work". The racial disparity is worse for women, who also fall behind men within their own racial or ethnic group.

For every dollar a white man earns in the U.S., a woman earns about 80 cents. According to analysis by the Pew Research Center, black women, for instance, black women earn 65 cents to one white-guy dollar; Hispanic women just 58 cents.

Trump in April tweeted in support of Equal Pay Day and said, "We must work to close the gender pay gap!". Talent, dedication to getting the job done, and willingness to work hard aren't factored into the equation. And so on. She does nothing to advance the case for women. The new data, according to the order signed September 29, 2016, was meant to help the agency assess "potential Title VII and Equal Pay Act violations and to assist employers in promoting equal pay in their workplaces". "One well-connected strategist in NY told me that the two were eyeing a move at the end of the school year in 2018", the report reads, adding assertively: "Kushner and Ivanka will leave the White House at some point". In other words, the argument is that the fundamental flaw in the initiative was that it generated too much paperwork for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to review. The policy aimed to provide data that would assist in closing the persistent gender pay gap in America. It's not the cost of reporting that's so unacceptable to businesses that they've gotten the Chamber of Commerce to lobby against the rule.

If the numbers revealed that a business paid, say, male sales employees far more than their female counterparts, the EEOC could choose to look into the matter and perhaps file a discrimination lawsuit.

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Specific salaries would not be reported and the data would not be made public.

Equal pay advocates, meanwhile, oppose the Trump administration's decision on the matter. She even added that the United States should follow Germany's example. "It wasn't as comprehensive or as detailed as we would've liked".

The recently scrapped Obama-era policy would have required businesses with more than 100 employees to report their workers' yearly earnings.

"This is not a woman- or family-friendly administration", Shabo said.

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