Why You Should Tell Everyone Your Salary
Because transparency tends to breed fairness
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 31, 2012 12:59 PM CDT
Updated Jun 3, 2012 12:32 PM CDT
Go ahead, wear your paycheck on your sleeve.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Maybe you really don't want your coworkers to know how much you make, but for the sake of pay equality, you should probably get over it, argues Irin Carmon of Salon. Many women are blissfully ignorant of how much less they're making than their male colleagues, she argues, and it's largely because companies discourage or outright forbid their employees to discuss their pay. The Paycheck Fairness Act—set for a Senate vote next week—would prevent them from doing that, but it's being bashed as a "liberal cudgel" and unlikely to pass.

"Women will come to us articulating pregnancy or promotion discrimination claims … anything but pay discrimination," says one lawyer specializing in gender discrimination. "If we ask about their pay, they always say it's OK." Even when it isn't: In one case a company had a female employee testify about how well she'd been treated, only to have it emerge in discovery that she'd been systematically underpaid. Even if the Pay Fairness Act fails, it's time, one policy analyst says, to make wage secrecy "part of the national conversation." Click for Carmon's full column.

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Jun 3, 2012 5:00 PM CDT
I worked for an outfit for a few months, hired with no experience.. . the lady that trained me had 5 years on the job plus experience.. . one day I mentioned that the hourly wage I received was not paying the bills.. . it turns out she made 20 cents an hour less then I did. She complained and her wage was raised 20 cents and I was reprimanded for breaching the wage confidentiality rule. As far as they were concerned problem solved catch 22 would now be in effect.. .. everyone warned.. . discuss your wage and be fired. They hire employees as cheaply as they can and equality is impossible. Corporations are not democracies! So.. .beware.. . you have rights in the work place but, the Job Creators have the right to take them away. From my point of view.. . we do not need a CEO for President. We need a government that protects us from them and levels the playing field! No GOP for me.
Jun 3, 2012 3:18 PM CDT
Okay, you go first.
Jun 3, 2012 12:55 PM CDT
This is ingenious. Because of course noone would lie about their salary... ever. Thanks for the half-conceived rebellion!