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Hotwire merges with Precinct; Omarosa accuses Trump of pay discrimination; and other news to know.

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New from PRWeek this morning: Enero Group is merging Australia-based Precinct with Hotwire. The deal adds Precinct’s strategy and marketing services in a market where Hotwire has struggled to scale that capability, said Heather Kernahan, president of North America. The Precinct brand will be retired July 1. Go to PRWeek for the full story.

President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign paid most of the women who worked for it 20% less than their male counterparts, according to a court filing. The proposed collective-action lawsuit against Trump is spearheaded by former 2016 Trump campaign staffer Alva Johnson. Omarosa Manigault Newman, who worked on Trump’s campaign as director of African American outreach, has submitted a declaration in Johnson’s case backing her effort. 

Move over Game of Thrones. On Monday night, Arthur was the big topic on social, as the PBS Kids show's 22nd season premiered with the surprise gay wedding of the famous aardvark’s teacher Mr. Ratburn. "We believe it is important to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS Kids every day," a PBS spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight

Some positive Facebook news for a change! The social network’s minimum pay for all U.S. contractors who review violent and other objectionable content for possible removal has been $15 per hour, but that will be raised to at least $18 an hour. People in New York City, Washington, DC and the San Francisco Bay area will get $22 per hour. Facebook is also adding tools for content moderators to have graphic images blurred out before they see it. Earlier this year, The Verge reported on how psychologically taxing Facebook’s content review jobs are.

Nike said it is no longer financially penalizing female athletes for being pregnant, after female athletes slammed the company in a New York Times story on Sunday. Nike-sponsored U.S. track and field star Alysia Montano said she "had to fight with her sponsor to keep her paycheck." Other female athletes told the NYT similar stories. In a statement on Monday, Nike said that "a few female athletes had performance based reductions applied. We recognized that there was inconsistency in our approach across different sports and in 2018 we standardized our approach across all sports so that no female athlete is penalized financially for pregnancy."

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