The White House has halted an Obama administration plan for businesses to collect data on how much they pay workers of different sexes, races, and ethnicities.
The Wall Street Journal writes:
The data-collection requirement was proposed by the Obama administration in 2016 as part of its efforts to address pay disparities among workers of different groups.
The Trump administration will stay the implementation of the rule, which would have required employers to report the pay data for the first time in the spring.
The frozen regulation would have directly affected businesses with over 100 employees and federal contractors with over 50 employees.
Neomi Rao, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which analyzes the cost of federal rules and regulations, said, “We don’t believe it would actually help us gather information about wage and employment discrimination. It’s enormously burdensome.”
Ivanka Trump, who regularly pushes feminist narratives including the “gender wage gap,” expressed support via a statement for the White House’s change:
Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results. We look forward to continuing to work with EEOC, OMB, Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap.
Barack Obama regularly pushed the “gender wage gap” narrative, framing women as paid less than men when all relevant variables affecting earnings are equalized. He also framed non-whites as unjustifiably discriminated against by and relative to whites, claiming that lower incomes and net assets among non-whites compared to whites are evidence of “systemic discrimination.”
Democrats and leftists regularly frame disparities between races, sexes, and ethnicities as prima facie evidence of immoral racial, sexual, and/or ethnic discrimination.
Data collected by the proposed mandates would have been weaponized via government and private legal shakedowns of businesses in the guise of combating unlawful forms of discrimination.
H/T Ted Mann and Lauren Weber at The Wall Street Journal.
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