Washington, DC — New documents obtained by Democracy Forward exposed the key role Ivanka Trump and her senior staff played in the Trump Administration’s unlawful rollback of equal pay data rules. Without these requirements, roughly 60,886 employers —who collectively employ 63 million workers—are empowered to continue shielding race and gender pay gaps from scrutiny.
The documents show that Ivanka Trump’s Chief of Staff and other key personnel participated in White House meetings to halt the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s plan to collect employee pay data.
“Ivanka Trump wasn’t just complicit in her father’s decision to roll back equal pay protections for women and America’s working families–she was an active player,” said Democracy Forward Executive Director Anne Harkavy. “While Ivanka was holding herself out as an advocate for women, her senior staff was participating in meetings that resulted in halting critical equal pay rules.”
Democracy Forward represents the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for illegally rolling back critical pay transparency requirements intended to root out discrimination and close the wage gap. The documents were obtained after the Administration was additionally sued for unlawfully stonewalling the release of records relating to Ivanka Trump’s role in this unlawful rule rollback.
Democracy Forward is a nonprofit legal organization that scrutinizes Executive Branch activity across policy areas, represents clients in litigation to challenge unlawful actions, and educates the public when the White House or federal agencies break the law.