(Washington, D.C.) Today Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration as Secretary of Labor.
The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“We are deeply gratified that the voices of women across the country were heard and that CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration as Secretary of Labor. Puzder built a brand and a vast fortune at women’s expense. His record amply demonstrated a disqualifying lack of respect for women and the work women do. He boasted that CKE Restaurant advertising featuring highly sexualized images of ‘beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis’ reflected his personality, ignoring the outsized rates of sexual harassment that the women working in his restaurants experienced. In fact, according to a 2004 sexual harassment lawsuit, Puzder himself and other male CKE executives harassed a female CKE executive, including by repeatedly making lewd comments about those very advertisements. Puzder failed to pay taxes on a longtime housekeeper until after his nomination as Labor Secretary, willfully ignoring the fact that work done by domestic workers is real work and that employers of domestic workers are bound by labor and employment laws. And most importantly of all, he has consistently opposed the workplace protections that working women need the most—including meaningful increases in the minimum wage, strong overtime protections, strong equal pay laws, paid family and medical leave, and paid sick days.
“The women of this country demand that the next nominee for Labor Secretary must respect and defend the workplace protections that are critical to the economic security of women and their families.”
The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.