STATEMENT ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF ANDREW PUZDER AS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINEE FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

February 15, 2017 

From: Equal Pay Today!, a Project of the Tides Center 

Contact: info@equalpaytoday.org, 202-588-7616, www.equalpaytoday.org 

STATEMENT ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF ANDREW PUZDER AS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S NOMINEE FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Washington, DC -- Equal Pay Today applauds Andrew Puzder's decision to withdraw from consideration for U.S. Secretary of Labor. Joi Chaney, Executive Director of Equal Pay Today, released the following statement:

"As we noted in our letter of concern to the U.S. Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, 'Mr. Puzder is hostile to the laws that would prevent wage theft, raise the minimum wage, and provide sick leave - all of which would help close the gender wage gap... [and] does not appear to posses the temperament of a leader who is pro-worker, a requirement of the Labor Secretary.

"Under his leadership, CKE had an alarming record of labor and equal employment abuses, which seemed to be a reflection of his disdain for workers, especially low-wage workers and women. Indeed, he was personally sued for sexual harassment by a CKE executive, who also believed she had been punished for demanding to be paid like her male counterparts. And this is just his professional record; concerns have been growing for some time about Mr. Puzder's personal record. All of which undermined his potential credibility as the nation's top labor advocate and labor law enforcement official. 

"The good news is that -- thanks to the hard work of womens', labor, human, and civil rights advocates and the nation's workers, who stood up in resistance to Mr. Puzder's ill-advised nomination -- President Trump has been afforded another opportunity to get it right with a nominee who will work to close the gender and racial wage gap and who will honor the mission of the Department of Labor 'to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.' America's workers deserve nothing less."