The Trump administration put the brakes on an important pay initiative on Tuesday that would have required businesses to report pay information on their employees broken down by race, ethnicity and gender in an effort to study the extent of the pay gap for each company, according to a report by HuffPost.
The Office of Management and Budget released a memo claiming that they needed to review concerns over privacy and paperwork.
After claiming to be an advocate of equal pay for women and insisting last summer that her father feels the same way, Ivanka Trump released a statement on Tuesday supporting the administrations move.
“Ultimately, while I believe the intention was good and agree that pay transparency is important, the proposed policy would not yield the intended results,” Trump wrote. “We look forward to continuing to work with [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission], [the Office of Management and Budget], Congress and all relevant stakeholders on robust policies aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap.”
The majority of women’s group criticized her stance.
President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, Fatima Goss Graves released a statement on Tuesday claiming that Trump’s administration is ignoring the problem.
“This is not a technical tweak as they would have you believe. Make no mistake— it’s an all-out attack on equal pay. Today’s action sends a clear message to employers,” Graves added. “If you want to ignore pay inequities and sweep them under the rug, this Administration has your back.”