No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke. Just in time for Equal Pay Day, Trump has signed an executive order that would take away rights for women in the workplace.
According to NBC, Trump’s executive order revokes the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order that was signed into place by President Obama. Signed in 2014, the order sought to ensure that companies complied with civil rights laws that gave women equality, including equal pay. Specifically, one part of the order included paycheck transparency. In other words, employers had to submit salary details in the government, which would expose any gaping wage gaps.
But that’s all gone now because Trump just signed your rights away!
According to Noreen Farrel, Director of Equal Right Advocates (an anti-sex discrimination law firm),
“We have an executive order that essentially forces women to pay to keep companies in business that discrimination against them, with their own tax dollars.”
And we have to ask, where was Ivanka, aka Miss “Women Who Work,” when this Executive Order went down? After all, she does have her own office in the west wing now.
Trump has yet to give any reason behind his decision to roll-back the executive order, however, we all know where his priorities lie: with companies and not with the people.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.