(Washington, D.C.) Tomorrow the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is scheduled to hold its confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor.
The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“Andrew Puzder has built a brand and a vast fortune at the expense of women. He has been on the wrong side of the worker protections women need the most. He has opposed meaningful increases in the minimum wage, strong overtime protections, strong equal pay laws, paid family and medical leave, and paid sick days. His anti-worker agenda would undercut the economic security of working women and their families and grow the gender wage gap rather than reduce it. Puzder has boasted that the Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s restaurant advertising campaigns of highly sexualized images of ‘beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis’ reflect his personality. The advertising Puzder is so proud of also highlights the resulting dangers women working at his restaurants face. One recent analysis estimated a full two-thirds of women working in his fast food chains had experienced sexual harassment.
“Puzder’s record has undermined women workers’ pay, job opportunities and safety. His record disqualifies him from becoming the government’s chief protector of the American workforce. We urge the Senate to reject Andrew Puzder’s confirmation.”
An NWLC fact sheet that details Andrew Puzder’s record as a corporate executive and a letter of opposition to his confirmation as Secretary of Labor make a strong case for why he should not be confirmed.
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.