Trump Administration’s Stay Of Pay Data Collection Harms Hard-Working People Across America

Laura Flegel
Legislative & Public Policy Director

(202) 898-2880 x.115


August 31, 2017

The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) is deeply disappointed in the decision of the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget to halt the planned 2018 implementation of the revised Employer Information Report (EEO-1) salary data collection. Collection of detailed pay data is essential to enable the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the federal government to work toward eliminating illegal wage disparities and ensure that hard-working employees in America are paid fairly. Transparency is one of the missing pieces in the fight to rectify gender and racially based pay gaps, and the EEO-1 is a necessary tool in that fight.

This decision is an affront to workers and obstructs the efforts of fair-minded employers who need data to support their work to correct pay imbalances voluntarily. The public, including businesses, provided extensive analysis and input on the revision of the EEO-1 over the past year. There is no good reason to stay the implementation of EEO-1 data collection. NELA applauds the EEOC for its commitment to obtaining the EEO-1 data, shedding light on employer pay practices, and ending discriminatory pay disparities. We urge the Trump administration to stand on the side of working people and allow implementation of this important data collection.


The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. It is the largest professional organization in the country of lawyers who exclusively or primarily represent individual employees in labor, employment, and civil rights disputes. NELA and its sixty-nine circuit, state, and local Affiliates have a membership of over 4,000 attorneys.