Female GOP Lawmakers Applaud As Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Protections For Women Workers
Republican Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina applauded as President Donald Trump signed an executive order to roll back Obama-era protections for women in workplaces.
Trump rolled back the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, which makes sure that companies with federal contracts obey 14 labor and civil rights laws, notes NBC News.
The Fair Pay order required paycheck transparency and banned forced arbitration employment clauses (“cover-up clauses”) for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims.
Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality at the National Women’s Law Center, explained why arbitration clauses favor corporations over female workers:
Arbitrations are private proceedings with secret filings and private attorneys, and they often help hide sexual harassment claims. It can silence victims. They may feel afraid of coming forward because they might think they are the only one, or fear retaliation.
Trump has now made it possible for companies with federal contracts to continue forcing sexual harassment cases into secret arbitration proceedings.
The Fair Pay order was signed by President Obama after after a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation showed that companies were awarded millions in federal contracts even though they had numerous labor law violations.
Noreen Farrell, director of the anti-sex discrimination law firm Equal Rights Advocates, told NBC News: Trump went “on the attack against workers and taxpayers.”