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Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Pay Data Collection

Civil rights groups are suing the Trump administration for documents detailing its decision to terminate an Obama-era rule that would have required businesses to track how much they pay employees of different races and genders.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) filed a lawsuit against the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The 15-page complaint filed alleges OMB violated the Freedom of Information Act when it failed to respond to five requests the groups had sent in late 2017 for records on the agency's decision to shut down the pay data collection rule.

The 2016 rule would have required companies with 100 or more employees, including federal contractors and subcontractors, to report pay data by sex and race starting in March on the annual Employer Information Report, or EEO-1 form.

The goal was to collect information to further advance equal pay for women and minorities in the workplace.

In August, however, administration officials announced they were staying the rule.

The Lawyers' Committee and NWLC are now asking a judge to force the OMB to hand over documents related to its "sudden and largely unexplained decision."



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