Posted on March 5, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) In August 2017, the Trump administration blocked a significant Obama-era equal pay data collection initiative that required companies with over 100 employees to confidentially report information about what they pay their employees by sex, race, ethnicity, and job category to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The National Women’s Law Center, along with Democracy Forward and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), sued the Trump administration in November 2017 for illegally rolling back this critical pay transparency requirement intended to close the wage gap and root out pay discrimination. Yesterday evening, a federal district court judge ruled that the Trump administration had broken the law when it halted the equal pay data collection and ordered them to reinstate it immediately.

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center:

“The only rationale the Trump Administration gave for blocking the critical equal pay data collection last year was, in effect, ‘Because I say so.’ We applaud the court’s recognition that this approach fell far short of what the law requires. This decision is a victory for equal pay and for the principle that this Administration is not above the law.”

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For immediate release: March 5, 2019
Contact: Inés Rénique (irenique@nwlc.org)

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