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  • Position
    Former New York City Mayor
  • Party
    Democrat
  • Age
    77

 

 

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg answered questions sent by Fortune and Time’s Up via email. The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity. 

Fortune/Time’s Up: Do you believe that the United States should have comprehensive paid family and medical leave, and if so, what is your proposal to make it happen? 

Bloomberg: Yes. As President, I will work with Congress to pass legislation that guarantees American workers 12 weeks of paid family leave.

How will you ensure that families who need it have access to safe, affordable childcare?

I will increase funding for the Child Care and Development Fund and expand access to quality affordable childcare.

Do you think institutions—from Congress to Fortune 500 companies—have done enough to address sexual harassment? What have you done, and what will you do, to prevent and address sexual harassment in the workplace?

I have zero tolerance for sexual harassment. As President, I will reinvigorate the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. I also will work with Congress to impose limits on mandatory arbitration agreements so that employees have the power to take employers to court for harassment or discrimination of any kind.

Women in the U.S. earn 80 cents on white men’s dollar in wages, a gap that gets even wider for black women, Latinas, and Native American women. What is your plan to work with employers to close the pay and opportunity gap for women, including women of color, LGBTQ women, and working mothers?

The pay gap is not fair, it’s not right, and as President I will work hard to end it. I will raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, indexed to inflation—studies show that raising the minimum wage will disproportionately help women. 

I will support an SEC rule requiring public companies to report on hiring, pay, and procurement by race and gender.

Do you support policies that require corporations to have women and other underrepresented groups on corporate boards? Why or why not? 

I’ve always believed organizations make better decisions when people with a range of different backgrounds and experiences are at the table. That’s why I’ve been committed to hiring and promoting women and people from underrepresented groups throughout my career. 

Would you—and how would you—propose to strengthen protection for people who need accommodations to do their jobs while pregnant or who are discriminated against because of their pregnancies at work? 

I have zero tolerance for pregnancy-related discrimination. As I said above, as President, I will reinvigorate the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. I also will work with Congress to impose limits on mandatory arbitration agreements so that employees have the power to take employers to court for harassment or discrimination of any kind.

This project was published on Jan. 28, 2020.