Labor Department Rule Change Would Undermine Pay Equity Protections

WASHINGTON – Seema Nanda, executive vice president and COO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on reports that the Department of Labor will rescind a policy designed to address pay disparities by federal contractors:

“Time and again, the Trump administration has taken its marching orders from big business on how to undermine pay equity protections for women and people of color. It is shameful that at a time when racial and gender wage gaps persist, this administration will be rolling out changes to make it easier for companies that contract with the federal government to hide pay disparities. As the nation’s largest contractor, the federal government should have the highest standards to ensure pay equity.”

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