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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.

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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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But the administration wasn't done trying to silence women. In September, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded a key Obama-era effort meant to help victims of sexual harassment and assault on college campuses: A 2011 letter sent by the administration to colleges defining sexual assault and setting a new standard for how schools should respond to such accusations.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-26 12:08 PM | Reply

Who's Donald harrassing? I mean, now?

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-26 03:51 PM | Reply

You mattress-girl would actually have to prove her case in court instead of just accusing some-one and ruining their lives? No more secret arbitration?

Also, actual scientific studies proved that women make the same as men if all factors are considered: time.com

"No matter how many times this wage gap claim is decisively refuted by economists, it always comes back. The bottom line: the 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure or hours worked per week. When such relevant factors are considered, the wage gap narrows to the point of vanishing."

But hey, it's the Huffington Post. So I can forgive it.

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-26 11:20 PM | Reply

... The clearest example came in March. It received little coverage at the time. ...

Pres Trump sometimes makes a big deal about the executive orders he signs. Lots of press and pomp.

I am more concerned about the executive orders he signs without the publicity and pomp, as it shows he is trying to hide something.

Such as this.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-11-27 11:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As far as I know there have been no credible actuation of the Damn Yankee actually assaulting anyone, but what grinds my gears is members of congress get us taxpayers to pay compensation to complainants who accuse members of congress of sexual assault or harassment by settlement or a year of pay without working. If an executive used his business' funds to do so, he would be charged with embellishment. But I guess elected members of congress have a different standard of conduct. Power corrupts, the longer someone has power the worse the corruption gets.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 12:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Power corrupts, the longer someone has power the worse the corruption gets.

#5 | Posted by docnjo

Trump was obviously corrupt before he had any power. You think he'll be less corrupt now that he has it?

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-27 12:53 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly Do be specific in your actuation, when and where and who. Trump University is about as nasty as I have seen, and Trump settled in civil court. But the Rep from the 43rd District of California who is calling for his impeachment is actually guilty of more serious offenses, like bailing out her husband's bank with government funds and hiding that fact from investigators. I do note that she represents one of the poorest districts in her state and doesn't live anywhere near that district. Millionaire Maxine is quite a hoot, an embarrassment until she found an audience even more stupid than she is.

#7 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 01:14 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly Do be specific in your actuation, when and where and who. Trump University is about as nasty as I have seen, and Trump settled in civil court. But the Rep from the 43rd District of California who is calling for his impeachment is actually guilty of more serious offenses, like bailing out her husband's bank with government funds and hiding that fact from investigators. I do note that she represents one of the poorest districts in her state and doesn't live anywhere near that district. Millionaire Maxine is quite a hoot, an embarrassment until she found an audience even more stupid than she is.

#7 | Posted by docnjo

So when confronted with a question of whether power will corrupt trump, your response is to deflect to some democrat?

Doesn't say much about your faith in trump does it?

#8 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-27 01:34 PM | Reply

Back when I was a kid, if a man harassed a woman, he would get slapped, hard and if he was smart he would not push the issue. If a man assaulted a woman, he would be lucky if the police intervened before her husband, father or brother showed up with his shotgun. I guess we have outgrown the notion that women can handle such situations or men are supposed to protect women

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 01:36 PM | Reply

"Back when I was a kid, if a man harassed a woman, he would get slapped, hard and if he was smart he would not push the issue."

So what year did rape start in your world? 1965? 1980?

You're utterly delusional. But then, what Trump voter isn't proud to be clueless?

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 01:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Back when I was a kid, if a man harassed a woman, he would get slapped, hard and if he was smart he would not push the issue. If a man assaulted a woman, he would be lucky if the police intervened before her husband, father or brother showed up with his shotgun. I guess we have outgrown the notion that women can handle such situations or men are supposed to protect women

#9 | Posted by docnjo

What the hell does that have to do with power corrupting trump. BEFORE he had power, he was a scam artist. Now what do you think a scam artist will do with a ton of power?

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-27 01:47 PM | Reply

#10 | Posted by snoofy, Actually rape was punishable with the death penalty back before 1970 in my state, is that sever enough for you? My solution for rapist is what Thomas Jefferson advocated, castration followed by crucifixion, hanging is too good for a rapist.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 01:50 PM | Reply

The system Congress has put in place in despicable: a mandatory waiting period which can effectively destroy evidence; forcing women to take mental health counseling before they can file a complaint; legal defense payouts for Congressman at taxpayer expense for those who endure the outrageous process, but none for the plaintiff. These self serving laws or rules need to be suspended immediately.

That said, President Donald Trump reversal of an Obama-era order that forbid federal contractors from keeping secret sexual harassment and discrimination cases is equally despicable. Trump is an insult to our human decency, especially the United States. And so is the Bible.

#13 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-27 01:52 PM | Reply

"Actually rape was punishable with the death penalty back before 1970 in my state."

Slapping wasn't enough?
What's up with that?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 01:53 PM | Reply

Making America Great Again*




















* For disgusting sexual harassers like DJT.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-27 01:54 PM | Reply

"My solution for rapist is what Thomas Jefferson advocated"

And yet people still got raped, meaning that solution was a miserable failure.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 01:54 PM | Reply

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly all salesmen are not running a scam, some are but they usually get caught. Trump is a real estate promoter, and he actually builds hotels,casinos and golf courses. Name one thing that Obama has built. Besides half the national debt?

#17 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 01:57 PM | Reply

Docnjo, do you believe Ivana when she says Trump raped her?

Or is she wrong, and even if Trump forcibly penetrated her without her consent, that's not rape because it's his wife, under NJ law at the time.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 01:59 PM | Reply

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly I don't know about that, it has never been tried.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 01:59 PM | Reply

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly all salesmen are not running a scam, some are but they usually get caught. Trump is a real estate promoter, and he actually builds hotels,casinos and golf courses. Name one thing that Obama has built. Besides half the national debt?

#17 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Umm...No, he doesn't. He puts his name on them. He doesn't build them.

How do you not know this?

And he has a history of screwing his business partners and contractors. He can't even get a loan in the United States.

#20 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-27 02:00 PM | Reply

#18 | Posted by snoofy, Never believe any testimony in a divorce, especially when it is dealing with millions. BTW, doesn't Ivana still work for Trump?

#21 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:04 PM | Reply

Trump is making it harder to report sex harassment

Is anybody surprised that a child raping degenerate like the dotard would do something like this?

#22 | Posted by Reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-27 02:07 PM | Reply

#20 | Posted by Sycophant Hell, those people are grown ups, they knew to take care dealing with that Damn Yankee, if they didn't, that's on them. Plus, He did build Trump Tower in Manhattan. Financing that project didn't seem to be a problem.

#23 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:09 PM | Reply

"Never believe any testimony in a divorce"

Can you name any negative thing about Trump you believe is true?

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 02:13 PM | Reply

For example, do you believe that Trump entered the girls locker room at the Miss Teen USA Pageant he owns, so he could see girls as young as 14 in various states of undress?

What would happen to a man that did that when you were a kid?

It's his pageant after all.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 02:19 PM | Reply

#24 | Posted by snoofy, I do not even like the Damn Yankee, but I doubt he eats baby sandwiches or is a bit stupid. That bit is getting stale, every Republican elected sense Reagan has been called stupid- But not Carter, Clinton or Obama. Plenty of stupidity there, but no one points it out.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:19 PM | Reply

"I doubt he eats baby sandwiches"

Do you believe he, to use his words, grabbed her by the -----?

And tell me again, what's supposed to happen to me who do that?

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 02:20 PM | Reply

#25 | Posted by snoofy Still not as creepy as Joe Biden, or Ted Kennedy or Bill Clinton.

#28 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:21 PM | Reply

#27 | Posted by snoofy The subject of the conversation was pointing out the fact that some women throw themselves at celebrities, and they do. Musicians, professional athletes, politicians and rich powerful men have dwelt with that fact forever. Even Martin Luther King had his groupies. Rock and rollers have a rep for a reason. When your score card is measured in the thousands it isn't by chance.

#29 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:29 PM | Reply

It's surprising that the ------------------- isn't going to campaign for fellow kid diddler Roy Moore.

www.newsday.com

#30 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-27 02:34 PM | Reply

#30 | Posted by reinheitsgebot Reference?

#31 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:37 PM | Reply

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly all salesmen are not running a scam, some are but they usually get caught. Trump is a real estate promoter, and he actually builds hotels,casinos and golf courses. Name one thing that Obama has built. Besides half the national debt?

#17 | Posted by docnjo

Is that how you measure a man's worth? By how many buildings he built?

Obama saved thousands of lives by making health care affordable for them.

That's more good than trump would do in a thousand lifetimes.

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-27 02:39 PM | Reply

#30 | Posted by reinheitsgebot, Crickets from the peanut gallery? Come on troll, a reference for Trump being a child molester.

#33 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:44 PM | Reply

Here you go, ------.

www.snopes.com

#34 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-27 02:45 PM | Reply

www.newsweek.com

#35 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-27 02:46 PM | Reply

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly And he did such a good job that monstrosity is falling apart. I got a carrier for you- housing, food and medical care provided. It is called slavery.

#36 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:46 PM | Reply

#35 | Posted by reinheitsgebot and what they didn't say in those tidbits was the cases were dropped due to a lack or credibility or evidence.

#37 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 02:50 PM | Reply

#37 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

Nice try.

The lawsuit was dropped in November 2016, just four days before the election, with Jane Doe's attorneys citing "numerous threats" against her.

#38 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-11-27 02:54 PM | Reply

#38

Actually, both the CA and NYC lawsuits were dropped shortly after the Judges ordered the plaintiff to personally appear, in camera, in the judges chambers to prove she existed. The NY judge threatened Lisa Bloom with Rule 11 sanctions if her client did not appear, and shortly after that order was issued, Lisa dismissed the action due to unspecified threats against her client.

Nice try tho.

#39 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-27 02:59 PM | Reply

"The lawsuit Johnson filed in New York was actually her second attempt to sue Trump and Epstein. The first was in California in April of this year, a claim Johnson filed herself that got thrown out on technical grounds -- she'd filed a civil rights suit, but failed to actually state an applicable civil rights claim.

There were a couple of odd things about that lawsuit. The address listed on court documents as Johnson's was actually a foreclosed, abandoned home, and the phone number was disconnected. Maybe Johnson was just using a fake address because she was homeless; she was, after all, also described as being indigent. But it's fishy.

Shortly after the assigned judge ordered Johnson to appear or be sanctioned under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, her attorney, Lisa Bloom, dropped the case for a second time."

Vox, Nov. 5, 2016.

#40 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-11-27 03:06 PM | Reply

*The subject of the conversation was pointing out the fact that some women throw themselves at celebrities"

No, that's not at all what the conversation was about.

It was about Trump moving on her like a bitch, and grabbing her by the -----, which in his mind he can get away with because he is a star.

#41 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-27 03:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly And he did such a good job that monstrosity is falling apart. I got a carrier for you- housing, food and medical care provided. It is called slavery.

#36 | Posted by docnjo

What a drama queen.

It's falling apart because repubs are sabotaging it. If someone is lighting your house on fire, you'd probably blame the builder wouldn't you?

Obamacare is imperfect and needs fixes, but it saved thousands of lives. When has trump saved thousands of lives?

#42 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-27 03:10 PM | Reply

#42 | Posted by SpeakSoftlyI know it is a little cruel, but I hope you have to endure government run health care. I have.

#43 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 03:28 PM | Reply

"...but I hope you have to endure government run health care." - #43 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-27 03:28 PM

There are few Americans who go through their entire life without some form of "government run health care."

Beats no health care whatsoever.

#44 | Posted by Hans at 2017-11-27 03:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Beats no health care whatsoever.

#44 | Posted by Hans at 2017-

They really never get the whole something versus nothing thing.

#45 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-27 03:46 PM | Reply

"They really never get the whole something versus nothing thing." - #45 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-27 03:46 PM

Like the whole Kansas/Venezuela "comparison" they try to push.

#46 | Posted by Hans at 2017-11-27 03:58 PM | Reply

#42 | Posted by SpeakSoftlyI know it is a little cruel, but I hope you have to endure government run health care. I have.

#43 | Posted by docnjo

So have millions of canadians, germans, swedes, british... NONE of them are trying to replace their health care system with one like ours.

I'd HAPPILY "endure" a better health care system. While you'd cry about being enslaved.

#47 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-27 04:34 PM | Reply

"#25 | Posted by snoofy Still not as creepy as Joe Biden, or Ted Kennedy or Bill Clinton."

Buying a kids beauty pageant just to watch them undress is not as creepy as consensual sex with adults.

Wow. Is there a watch list for people like you?

#48 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-28 12:50 PM | Reply

Nice try tho.

#39 | Posted by Rightocenter

FTA It is tough to prosecute a billionaire but there is this little tidbit you are perhaps overlooking.

Trump likes to pal around with sex offenders.

There is little doubt that Donald Trump knows Jeffrey Epstein, as Trump acknowledged in a 2002 New York magazine profile of Epstein:

Epstein likes to tell people that he's a loner, a man who's never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy," Trump booms from a speakerphone. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it -- Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Epstein has been named in multiple similar lawsuits over the last several years, served 13 months in jail, and is registered as a sex offender for life:

... Epstein has settled at least two other civil suits but still faces more than a dozen from women who claim he sexually abused them as minors at his Palm Beach mansion.

#49 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-28 04:16 PM | Reply

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