Last week, The Atlantic published an article I believe should be posted in workplaces all over the U.S.: It’s illegal fire or punish people for talking to other workers about how much they make. In fact, it’s illegal to even threaten to do so or discourage workers from talking about their salaries.
This may seem like a big ol’ “duh” but you’d be amazed by how many people don’t this and how many companies routinely make illegal threats to prevent workers from discussing their salaries. My takeaway from The Atlantic article is that the one of the side effects of a pathetically weak labor organizations, or the complete lack of them outside of a few industries, is that workers tend to be in the dark about their basic legal rights as employees.
Why the U.S. is so culturally opposed to strong labor organizations is a subject for a much longer post, but I do encourage any and all of you to share this with as many people as possible. You have a right to talk about how much you make with anyone you please, no matter what your employer tells you.