Paperwork Finally In, Puzder Has Tough Questions to Answer

Trump Labor Nominee Andy Puzder Should Be Grilled by Senators from Both Parties over His Anti-Worker Record, Company’s Horrible Epidemic of Sexual Harassment and Assault, and Pushed to Address Longstanding Domestic Abuse Allegations


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two months to the day after Donald Trump announced Andy Puzder as his nominee for Labor Secretary, the embattled former Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. CEO finally submitted his paperwork to the Office of Government Ethics, after what must be extraordinarily troubling vetting issues caused an unprecedented five–count ‘em five!–hearing delays. Allied Progress released the following statement assuming the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee might actually schedule a confirmation hearing without further delay:

Looking at Andy Puzder’s record, any number of issues could have ground the vetting process to a halt. Maybe it was the barrage of questions about his own anti-worker record, including leading a company that placed profits over worker health, fair compensation, and safety standards. Or perhaps it was the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault that his female employees faced, or the longstanding allegations of domestic abuse of his former wife. Then again, it could have been his record of openly hiring undocumented immigrants–news that is causing conservatives to have second thoughts,” said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress.

He continued, “What’s clear is that something behind the scenes was giving ethics watchdogs and even the Trump White House heartburn. If a hearing ever does happen, we hope that Senators of both parties will grill him on his personal and professional records, which millions of American workers will find disqualifying.”

Earlier today, Allied Progress published a vetting research profile of Puzder as part of Trump Transparency Project, an effort launched in December to hold the Trump administration accountable for its economic appointments and policies that betray America’s middle class.

To speak with Karl Frisch about the Puzder nomination please contact Jon Reinish at 202-999-0461 or

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