The HR manager tried to convince me that the offer was competitive.
She told me that she couldn’t offer more because it would be unfair to other paralegals.
The law would both strengthen penalties to employers who retaliate against workers for discussing pay and require employers to provide a justification for wage differentials.
And yet, gag rules thrive in workplaces across the country.
In a report updated this year, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that about half of American employees in all sectors are either explicitly prohibited or strongly discouraged from discussing pay with their coworkers.
The two companies had little in common, but both told me one thing: Don't talk to your coworkers about your pay.
At the law firm, this warning was conveyed to me during my salary negotiation.
In both workplaces, my bosses were breaking the law.