By: Cassandra Hedrick
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump has very little respect for women. It also shouldn’t be surprising that on March 27th he signed several bills that will take away important protections for women workers. He revoked the 2014 fair pay and safe workplaces order, which made companies allow paycheck transparency and banned forced arbitration for sexual harassment cases.
By taking away these regulation, Trump has made it possible for companies to discriminate against women workers. By taking away paycheck transparency, businesses will now be able to pay women less. This means employers can make it policy for employees not to talk about salaries with coworkers, therefore, women will not know if they are being paid less.
What’s worse, is that companies can now put forced arbitration into their employee contracts. This means, if a woman is sexually harassed or assaulted in the workplace, she must go through the employer and settle the case outside of court. This lets companies to keep sexual assault scandals within the company. It also prevents victims from wanting to come forward about sexual assault cases in their workplace.
But why would Trump do this? He claims he respects women’s workers, you would think he would want to protect them.
But it seems to him that protecting women workers is not nearly as important as de-regulating the economy. He claims these regulations are an unnecessary restriction on businesses. However, without these regulation, employers will be able to pay women less and they may become victims to sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. I’m sorry not discirminatting against women is such an undue burden on businesses.