(Washington, D.C.) Today, the Trump Administration initiated a “review and immediate stay” of the equal pay data collection, an initiative requiring large companies to confidentially report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) information about what they pay their employees by job category, sex, race, and ethnicity. This equal pay data collection would encourage companies to identify and correct pay disparities and allow the EEOC to more effectively and efficiently root out and address pay discrimination. Companies would have been required to report this pay data beginning in early 2018. The Trump Administration’s stay has indefinitely blocked this effort.
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“We see through the Trump Administration’s call to halt the equal pay rule that requires employers to collect and submit pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity to the government. This is not a technical tweak as they would have you believe. Make no mistake — it’s an all-out attack on equal pay. Today’s action sends a clear message to employers: if you want to ignore pay inequities and sweep them under the rug, this Administration has your back.”
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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.