President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that rolls back hard-won victories for women in the workplace, revoking the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, which President Obama “put in place to ensure that companies with federal contracts comply with 14 labor and civil rights laws,” reports Mary Emily O’Hara.
Tuesday’s “Equal Pay Day” — which highlights the wage disparity between men and women — is the perfect time to draw more attention to the president’s action, activists say.
Obama signed the Fair Pay order after a 2010 Government Accountability Office probe revealed that companies with numerous violations were nonetheless being awarded millions in federal contracts. The order included “two rules that impacted women workers: paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims,” says O’Hara.
Before the order, sexual harassment or sexual assault claims were virtually undetected because forced arbitration clauses — aka “cover-up clauses” — are typically used to keep these claims out off the record and out of the courts.