Ivanka Trump backs White House plan to scrap equal pay initiative

Thursday, 31 Aug, 2017

Despite branding herself as a champion for working women and gender pay equity, Ivanka Trump has backed a controversial move by her father's White House to stop implementation of a new rule created to prevent gender pay discrimination.

First Daughter Ivanka Trump, who moved to Washington to promote policies to help working women, and who later joined her father's White House to help advance that agenda, issued a statement Tuesday defending the administration's move to ditch an Obama-era initiative created to close the gender pay gap.

Instead, the Office of Management and Budget said in a memo this week that it was halting implementation so it could review the provision, citing concerns about paperwork and privacy.

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and adviser, said in a statement that the EEOC requirements would not have helped address discrepancies in pay for men and women.

During the Obama administration, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission acknowledged discrimination plays a role in gender wage disparity. "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".

But she remained silent on the shortcomings of her father's paid family leave plan, which would offer six weeks of paid maternity leave to mothers, leaving out fathers and adoptive parents and potentially creating career obstacles for the working women she claims to support.

The rule was seen as an essential step in helping to close the pay gap in the workplace and in various sectors. Black women earn 63 cents for every dollar earned by white men, while Latino women earn 54 cents for the same labor. "I personally had some hope, given some of the things that Ivanka has said about women and work that she would have come out in favor of equal pay".

"But for me, I'm trying to keep my head down, not listen to the noise and just work really hard to make a positive impact in the lives of many people". Her lawsuit led to the passage of equal pay legislation in 2009.

How can it be enormously burdensome to employers to add wage data, if they are already required to provide information on race and ethnicity? "We expect that reporting this data will help employers to evaluate their own pay practices to prevent pay discrimination in their workplaces".

"It is important for both politicians and industry leaders to acknowledge publicly that there is no valid reason for a pay disparity based on gender", said Max Stroud, Lead Consultant at Galen Healthcare Solutions and Founder at Doyenne Connections.

According to a bombshell report published by Vanity Fair, the couple has begun quietly plotting their exit strategy and may even move out of Washington, D.C. before the end of the 2018 school year.

If the numbers revealed that a business paid, say, male sales employees far more than their female counterparts, the EEOC could choose to look into the matter and perhaps file a discrimination lawsuit.