President Biden in January signed four executive actions to advance racial equity and root out systemic racism in housing and criminal justice. He directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take steps necessary to redress racially discriminatory federal housing policies that have contributed to wealth inequality for generations. President Biden committed to embedding racial equity across his Administration’s response to COVID-19 and the economic crisis. In his first week in office, he signed executive actions to provide relief to American families that will aid families of color that are being disproportionately impacted by this economic crisis.
According to The Daily Wire, such a move is a measure that would enable activist groups to review which American businesses would be guilty of “pay gaps” on that basis. The writing was quite explicitly on the wall in the first week of the Biden administration, as his White House published an executive order and memo on the issue of achieving equity through the lens of identity politics.
Former President Obama put the plan in motion back in January 2016. The announcement of his new rules set up a system where the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could launch lawsuits against companies guilty of pay gaps. It’s described as an apparatus of shaming as the companies would be publicly named in the litigation.
Critics at the time highlighted the “unnecessary and onerous burdens on employers” the new rules would have.
When President Trump took office, he halted this new rule within the first year of his administration. Trump's people in the Office of Management and Budget cited concerns: “OMB is concerned that some aspects of the revised collection of information lack practical utility, are unnecessarily burdensome, and do not adequately address privacy and confidentiality issues.”
Trump’s opponents denounced it as him getting in the way of guaranteeing “prosperity” for every American, like he promised in his campaign.
A lawsuit overturned Trump’s overturning of the initiative. They successfully sued the EEOC and OMB to reinstate collection of pay equity data for 2017 and 2018. However, that was for that period alone. Fast forward to March 2021 and we have the EEOC announcing a new term of data collecting for only race, ethnicity and gender (“Component 1”) is coming up. Compensation and pay (“Component 2”) is waiting reinstatement.
What the hold-up is, as proposed by the Daily Wire, is a current three on two Republican majority for the EEOC. Biden would have to directly fire someone if he wanted to speed up the process before July 2021, when Janet Dhillon’s term expires. But according to former EEOC member Victoria Lipnic, a reinstatement of EEO-1 Component 2 is in the cards.