Oh the irony. It seems to be a theme within the Trump administration.
On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump took to Twitter in celebration of “Equal Pay Day,” tweeting:
‘#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap!’
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 4, 2017
The tweet linked to a USA Today article that discusses how the pay gap is shrinking for white women, but not for women of color.
The irony, however, isn’t that, as a white woman, Ivanka failed to mention anything about how the pay gap affects women of color. Rather, it’s about the fact that last week, her father signed an executive order undoing workplace protections afforded to women under former President Barack Obama.
Back in 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order into effect, successfully putting an end to “forced arbitration clauses” or “cover-up clauses” in cases of workplace sexual harassment or assault.
Director of Workplace Equality at the National Women’s Law Center, Maya Raghu, explains:
‘Arbitrations are private proceedings with secret filings and private attorneys, and they often help hide sexual harassment claims,” said Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality at the National Women’s Law Center. “It can silence victims. They may feel afraid of coming forward because they might think they are the only one, or fear retaliation.’
But on March 27, President Trump signed an executive order undoing all of those previous protections.
Director of the anti-sex discrimination law firm Equal Rights Advocates, Noreen Farrell, Trump went “on the attack against workers and taxpayers” by signing the new executive order into effect.
She elaborated, saying:
‘We have an executive order that essentially forces women to pay to keep companies in business that discrimination against them, with their own tax dollars. It’s an outrage.’
Take former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson for example. Carlson was unable to sue Fox News for sexual harassment by former CEO Roger Ailes due to an arbitration clause in her contract. However, she was able to sue him directly, despite his efforts to push the case into private proceedings. Now, however, sexual harassment cases will be able to be forced into secret proceedings — all thanks to President Trump and his newest executive order.
What is this, 1921?
To make matters worse for women, the new executive order also halts a company’s obligation to disclose employee compensation to the government — making it virtually impossible to ensure women are receiving equal pay for equal work.
But Happy Equal Pay Day, right?
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