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Judge Orders Trump Admin To Restore Obama-Era Rule Designed To Prevent Pay Discrimination


Judge Orders Trump Admin To Restore Obama-Era Rule Designed To Prevent Pay Discrimination

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to restore an Obama-era rule designed to prevent wage discrimination after it previously called the rule too much of a burden for employers to report the pay of workers of different genders, races, and ethnicities.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan wrote in her decision that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) did not sufficiently explain the reasoning for terminating the rule when it blocked it from taking effect in 2017, reports Reuters.

OMB, which has been led by acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney since 2017, is allowed under federal law to block “for good cause” any regulation that it has previously passed from taking effect, but only if it can offer an appropriate explanation for the move, reports The Hill.

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) sued the Trump administration in 2017 over the decision. The group argued that OMB provided no explanation for the decision.

Chutkan agreed with NWLC, calling the Trump administration’s decision to reverse the rule “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Hill notes:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has required for years that employers with more than 100 workers report job titles broken down by race and gender, a rule which the Obama administration expanded in 2016 to include salary and wage data, with the goal of preventing gender- or racial-based disparities in pay.

Business groups including the U.S Chamber of Commerce opposed the rule at the time, arguing that it would not provide pay data in the proper context and would present a costly requirement for large businesses.

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