The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, Trump’s choice for Labor secretary, is scheduled for Jan. 17. While I’m sure the CKE Restaurant chief exec would prefer to answer questions like how much bacon he likes on his Double Bacon 3-way Burger™, here are a few of our suggestions for his confirmation hearings to suss out his vision for the workers of America.
The fast-food restaurant industry relies on women’s work to succeed. Yet Andrew Puzder opposes policies that would raise women’s wages and close the gender wage gap and has attacked women’s health care to make it harder – and even illegal – for women to get the reproductive health care they need.
In an industry where 40 percent of women working in fast-food restaurants report unwanted sexual contact, Puzder has a history of making dehumanizing comments towards women and overseeing companies subject to numerous sexual harassment and sex discrimination lawsuits. As CEO of Hardees and Carl’s Jr., Puzder lauded his chain’s use of racy and demeaning ads. Why? To sell burgers to “hungry guys,” to stir up controversy in the pursuit of higher profits, and simply because, as Puzder said, “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. It’s very American.”
A leader in the anti-abortion movement in Missouri, Puzder’s support for extreme positions in opposition to women’s reproductive rights also threatens protections against workplace sex discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.
Rewire • Ally Boguhn
Earlier in his life, Andrew Puzder was also well-known for his work as an anti-choice attorney. In the 1980s, he helped author a sweeping piece of anti-choice legislation in Missouri that included radical “personhood” language defining life as beginning at conception.
Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, who once authored an extreme abortion restriction in Missouri, was selected by Republican President-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of the Department of Labor.
The Huffington Post • Emily Peck
Puzder, CEO of the company that operates burger chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has been outspoken on a few issues. He doesn’t want to raise the minimum wage. He really dislikes Obamacare.
What, then, does he like?
Hot women in bikinis eating burgers.
Part of Puzder’s job as labor secretary would include protecting women’s rights in the workplace. He would oversee the Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau, which advocates for equal pay and offers resources for women discriminated against at work.