One stroke of Donald’s pen and women rights are back centuries again.
Last week the US President revoked the Obama 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order. This order was put in place to ensure companies given federal contracts complied with a raft of labour and civil rights laws.
The Obama rules helped protect female employees on wage transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment
The first requirement (wages) forced companies with federal contracts to provide each employee with a “wage statement”. One of the few ways to help ensure women were being paid as much as their male colleagues.
Women earn 83 cents for every dollar earned by men
Did you know, women in America currently earn 83 cents for every dollar earned by men doing the same job (The Economic Policy Institute).
The other rule stopped companies with government contracts from using the forced arbitration clause to keep sex discrimination claims out of the courts and off the public record. This helps to hide sexual harassment claims.
The forced arbitration clause became the subject of public debate last year when Fox News presenter Gretchen Carlson dodged an arbitration clause in her own contract by directly suing the company’s former chief Roger Ailes over claims of sexual harassment.
Civil rights LGBT community
Campaigners also say the order discriminates against LGBT people. Several of the civil rights laws that companies will no longer have to prove they abide by prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
“This administration has made it extremely difficult to enforce these federal laws,” Camilla Taylor, a lawyer at a law firm that fights for the rights of LGBT people, told Keen News.
This all could be an extra motivation to start your own hair business, you decide on the payment structure and how to deal with the rights of your workers.
How would the world have looked like with a female US President; will we ever know?