A federal judge ordered that the Trump administration must reinstate an Obama-era rule requiring companies report pay data by race and gender. U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia, Tanya S. Chutkan, said that by rolling back the Obama-era rule the Trump administration violated the law and that the Trump administration failed to demonstrate that the Obama-era rule meaningfully increased the “burden on employers.”
Judge Chutkan ordered the government to move forward with pay data collection that is expected to help close the wage gap between men and women. Maya Raghu, the senior counsel for the case, said that this is a “victory for equal pay.”
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that at the current rate of progress the wage gap in the United States will not close until 2059. In North Dakota, Utah, Louisiana, and Wyoming, the wage gap is not expected to close until the 22nd century.
Media Resources: Washington Post 3/5/19; Institute for Women’s Policy Research 3/22/17