AAUW Statement on White House Decision on EEO-1 Pay Data Collection

August 29, 2017
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American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Churches issued the following statement responding to the recent announcement from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rolling back data collection that could help close gender and racial pay gaps.

AAUW is disappointed to hear that the Office of Management and Budget is halting the implementation of the revised Employer Information Report (EEO-1) salary data collection. This collection of high-quality data would enable the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the federal government as a whole to ensure that all Americans enjoy the fair and level playing field that is the basis of universal economic security. Transparency is key to demystifying the gender and racial pay gaps, and the EEO-1 is a necessary tool in that fight.

This is a loss for workers who rely on data to identify and address the gender pay gap in their workplaces and a loss for employers who are making every effort to preemptively correct pay imbalances internally without outside intervention. OMB’s actions are especially disappointing given the extensive analysis and input the public, including businesses, provided on the revision of the EEO-1 over the past year. AAUW urges the EEOC to stand strong in its commitment to helping workers combat pay discrimination by shedding much-needed light on employer pay practices.

For media inquiries, contact Amy Becker at beckera@aauw.org or 202.785.7756

Kimberly Churches By:   |   August 29, 2017