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From its early days, pay equity was a central focus of the Obama administration. The very first piece of legislation Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He also created a National Equity Pay Task Force, called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (a bill focused on pay transparency introduced by then-Senator Hillary Clinton) and issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors against employees who discuss compensation. Now that a new administration is in place, many predict that it will roll back some of these laws and initiatives.

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