It’s Sexual Harassment Awareness Month, and to do his part, Trump started by defending Bill O’Reilly after his sexual harassment history came out. But that wasn’t enough for Trump. To really commemorate the month, he reversed the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order, Obama-Era law that protected women in the workplace by ensuring that companies given federal contracts followed labor and civil rights laws.
The Order imposed two rules: companies had to be transparent with their wages, and corporations were banned from using forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment. While the transparency helped ensure that women were paid the same as their male colleagues, the ban on forced arbitration made it harder for companies to get away with sexual harassment.
As Maya Raghu, director of workplace equality for the National Women’s Law Channel described it to NBC, “Arbitrations are private proceedings with secret filings and private attorneys, and they often help hide sexual harassment claims. It can silence victims. They may feel afraid of coming forward because they might think they are the only one, or fear retaliation.”
Now that Trump repealed the 2014 order, Trump is allowing companies to pay women less and making it so companies can hide settled sexual harassment suits.