Monday, November 27, 2017
To the droves of women speaking up about sexual harassment and discrimination, the Trump administration's message is clear: Shut up. Behind the scenes, and mostly through executive orders, the White House is making it harder for women to report sexual harassment and fight sex discrimination. The clearest example came in March. It received little coverage at the time. President Donald Trump reversed an Obama-era order that forbid federal contractors from keeping secret sexual harassment and discrimination cases. The 2014 rule prohibited these companies, which employ about 26 million people, from forcing workers to resolve complaints through arbitration, an increasingly common method businesses use to settle disputes out of the public eye. "This was a clear sign of the administration silencing women," said Jessica Stender, senior staff attorney for Equal Rights Advocates, a women's rights non-profit.
And it's only a small piece of the picture. "The Trump administration has a clear anti-women agenda," Stender said. "I say that with complete certainty. This is an all-out, full frontal attack on women."
[T]he administration in August ditched an innovative equal pay initiative launched by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Currently, women on average make just 80 percent of what men earn. And women of color face even wider pay gaps.
The scrapped provision would've required companies to report data on how much they pay workers ― broken down by race and ethnicity ― in order to make it easier to figure out the scope of the pay gap and ideally help close it.
The EEOC spent six years devising this rule. The agency worked with the National Academy of Sciences to set-up a study on the pay gap, and revised and tweaked its proposal after consulting with employers and opening it up to public comment.
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