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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Slams OMB’s Decision to Reopen Employer Pay Data Collection Requirements

For Immediate Release August 29, 2017

Decision to Delay Collection of Pay Data is an Insult to Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Tuesday after the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revoked approval of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) previously approved employer pay data collection.  In doing so, the OMB has reversed a key transparency effort announced by the EEOC in September 2016 to uncover pay gaps and promote pay equality.

“We condemn today’s action by the administration suspending the collection of pay data from employers.  We know that stark race and gender wage gaps persist across many areas of our economy, and the reporting and collection of pay data is an important tool for identifying and addressing the disparities that exist.  Once again, this administration has surrendered to corporate special interests and continues its retreat away from principles of transparency and fairness.  Today’s action threatens to turn the clock back on efforts made to identify and eliminate unlawful pay discrimination and will undermine efforts to address stubborn pay gaps hurting African Americans, Latinos, women and other minority workers.  We will not stand by idly while this administration continues its assault on civil rights.”

About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.  Now in its 54th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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