Aug. 30, 2017
Ivanka’s Deregulation Push Puts Trump Empire, Corporate Profits Ahead of Equal Pay
Statement of Lisa Gilbert, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Public Citizen
Ivanka Trump’s announcement that she is opposing an equal pay disclosure rule shows that the deregulatory apple didn’t fall far from the deregulatory tree.
The rule she and her father are opposing would have required businesses with more than 100 employees to disclose gender and racial pay gaps to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – and would have helped combat pay inequality. That Ivanka is opposing this commonsense disclosure measure reveals her to be champion of her father’s deregulatory agenda – an agenda backed by big business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that harms millions of women, minorities and workers.
The Trump family businesses could reap significant rewards from this deregulatory action, but women and minorities across the country will literally pay the price. The public needs greater transparency on how the Trumps could personally benefit from blocking new public protections, including those that are designed to fix the gender pay gap. Congress and the public must demand that the EEOC determine just how much Ivanka and her father’s businesses will profit if the government takes no action to address gender pay disparities.