Challenging the Trump Administration’s Illegal Rollback of Equal Pay Protections
We’re representing the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement in a suit against the Trump Administration for illegally rolling back critical pay transparency requirements intended to root out discrimination and close the wage gap. Without the requirements, roughly 60,886 employers —who collectively employ 63 million workers—are empowered to continue shielding race and gender pay gaps from scrutiny.
After six years of analysis, the EEOC concluded that collecting employee pay data was necessary to enforce the nation’s civil rights laws. The Trump Administration abruptly reversed the prior approval of this data collection, claiming it lacked utility. We filed suit against the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and government officials, seeking to reinstate the requirement that companies with 100 or more employees report how much they pay their workers by race, gender, and ethnicity.
Despite President Trump’s claim that women will “make the same if you do as good a job” as men, U.S. women currently are paid $0.80 for every dollar their white male counterparts make. For women of color this gap is even bigger, with Latina and African-American women making $0.54 and $0.63 on the dollar, respectively, compared to white, non-Hispanic men.