The same day President Donald Trump convened at the White House a panel on empowering women in business owners on March 27, he also signed an executive order that revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Worklplaces order put in place by his predecessor former President Barack Obama.
The order was put in place by former President Barack Obama to ascertain that companies that had federal contracts complied with labor and civil rights laws. The order was in response to a 2010 Government Accountability Office investigation that found companies with violations of labor and civil rights laws were receiving federal contracts worth millions of dollars.
The provisions of the order that particularly related to women regarded paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses for sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination claims.
Among the worst violators, GAO found between 2005-2009, 60 percent had been awarded federal contracts after being penalized by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. Records of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Labor Relations Board pointed to similar violation rates.
Trump signed the bill H.J. Res. 37, which abolishes the rule issued by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration and NASA, which implemented the Obama executive order.
At the signing, Trump was flanked by Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming and Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina.