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Trump Administration Obstructs Efforts to Shrink Wage Gap

U.S. President Donald Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Administration moves to terminate a policy that would have reduced pay discrimination across the nation.



The Trump administration has halted an Obama-era rule which would have required companies with over 100 employees to disclose how much each of their employees are getting paid. The rule was created to increase transparency and ultimately ensure that companies do not determine an employees pay based on race, gender or ethnicity.

“Pay discrimination goes undetected because of a lack of accurate information about what people are paid,” said Jenny Yang, past chairwoman of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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This decision could not have come at a worse time. There is still much work to be done when it comes to equal pay.






According to a study by Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), women’s year-round earnings in 2016 were $41,554 compared with $51,640 for men. And while the Census Bureau recently released data indicating that the Gender Pay Gap narrowed in 2016, not all women benefited from an increase in pay.

The IWPR study indicates that while White women’s earning increased by 4.9%, Hispanic women’s earnings increased by 0.1%, and Black women’s earnings actually decreased by 1.3%.

Race plays a significant role in the obstacles that Black and Hispanic women in particular face in the workforce.

Racial discrimination often begins before Black and Hispanic candidates are able to even set their foot in the door. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente released a comprehensive report that showed that 27% of Black individuals and 20% of Hispanic individuals say that have been denied from a job that they were qualified for due to racial discrimination, compared with 9% for White individuals.

“Pay discrimination goes undetected because of a lack of accurate information about what people are paid,” said Jenny Yang, past chairwoman of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In July, the Economic Policy Institute highlighted how Black women get paid  less  than their White counterparts in the same positions. The analysis made it clear that even if women of color are able to get their foot through the door, discrimination persists.




The IWPR study echoes this sentiment. When earnings were compared with that of White men, Black and Hispanic women earned far less than White women.

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How the administration intends to reduce the wage gap is unclear. However one thing is for sure – it will be difficult to address wage disparities if there is insufficient data highlighting these disparities to begin with.

 

 

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