Puzder withdraws nomination due to lack of Senate support

Camille RiveraFeb 16 , 2017

Trump tapped Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns fast food restaurants Hardee's and Carl's Jr., to lead the Labor Department in December. Ah, well. Trump should have no difficulty finding another rich person with a horrendous record on, and future ambitions for, the degradation of working conditions to put in charge of American labor policy.

Puzder had been due to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for a confirmation hearing on Thursday.

Puzder issued a statement confirming that he was stepping down, in which he said that he made his decision "after careful considerations and discussions" with his family.

Decades ago, Puzder's ex-wife levied charges of domestic abuse against him, which she later dropped.

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During the episode, titled "High Class Battered Women", Lisa Fierstein, Puzder's ex-wife, said he told her, "I will see you in the gutter". The company repeatedly denied the allegations, pointing out that almost all of its restaurants are franchised, so local business owners are responsible for payroll and workplace policies.

The tape's review comes amid sinking support for Puzder's nomination as further questions arise abouthis labor practices. Fierstein originally made the allegations when she petitioned the court in 1988, a document that's also been obtained by Politico. Speaking at a conference in Orlando last month, Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder noted, "I'm excited that a restaurant CEO might be the head of the Department of Labor".

The Oprah appearance resurfaced as Puzder's confirmation hearing approaches.

Puzder's spokesman said the nominee had paid the taxes as soon as he found out he owed them.

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And some of his employees have claimed they were victims of wage theft or victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

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"The previous Department of Labor's sweeping actions on federal overtime rules, joint employer relationships and many other issues have created enormous uncertainty for employers and stifled economic growth", French said.

It's not entirely clear how much Puzder is worth. Puzder has also advocated creating a path to legal status for undocumented workers living in the US, which is also believed to be a cause of concern for many Republican senators - up to 12 of whom were considering voting against Puzder before his announcement, CNN reported.

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