Women’s Foundation Statement on Court Ruling Reinstating EEOC Pay Equity Data Collection

March 5, 2019

KANSAS CITY – The Women’s Foundation today hailed a U.S. district court ruling reinstating a federal data collection requirement designed to promote pay equity.

The White House had attempted to suspend the collection of pay data by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Trump administration did not have adequate justification to do so.

“At the Women’s Foundation, we are firm believers in using data and research to develop meaningful solutions that improve the lives of women and their families,” said Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President & CEO. “Consistent data collection is crucial to gathering the evidence needed to close the pay gap and finally give women the compensation they deserve. We’re pleased that EEOC’s data collection will be reinstated, and thankful to the dedicated advocates who challenged its unlawful suspension.”

In November 2016, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of NWLC and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement for illegally rolling back critical pay transparency requirements intended to root out discrimination and close the wage gap.

The Women’s Foundation has been a leader in promoting pay equity and working to close the gender pay gap. The organization developed Pay Equity Best Practices for employers, and teamed up with the American Association of University Women to bring their proven pay negotiation training to the Midwest for the first time.

More information about the Women’s Foundation’s work to close the gender pay gap is available at: http://www.womens-foundation.org/equal-pay