Over the years, regardless of my job, I’ve always felt like it’s taboo to talk about how much you get paid. Whether it’s your family, friends, or colleagues, the feeling is that you’re not supposed to tell anyone about it. It’s meant to be kept as a deep, dark secret that only you know.
But why? Is there really an unspoken rule that says it’s rude to discuss your salary with someone? Can you really get in trouble for talking about salary? Or have we all been manipulated by companies and their bosses and managers into thinking that our salary is a forbidden topic of conversation?
Can you get in trouble and even get fired from your job if you talk about your salary?
Does your employer have the right to punish or fire you for discussing how much the company is paying you?
The answer? NOPE.
According to the National Labor Relations Board, workers in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois are protected. The same is true for all workers in the country.
… When you and another employee have a conversation or communication about your salary, it is illegal for your employer to punish or retaliate against you in any way for having that conversation.
Sharing your salary can help you in the future and others
Sharktank’s most ruthless and demanding businessman even says that we should share our salary information.
In my opinion, I think we should be very open about the amount we receive. Many times when I was asked what I wanted to do, I had no idea. Was I going to ask too much and be ignored, or God forbid, too little and be stuck being paid far less than I should be?
Most of the time I ended up selling myself short and getting paid much less than everyone else doing the same job. If we were all more comfortable discussing how much we paid, I would have had an idea of what other people were earning and reasonably asked for more money upfront.
It’s confusing, so that might help.
Even though workers can legally discuss their salary with co-workers, eastcoastriskmanagement.com says this,
Although the NLRA prohibits employers from preventing discussions of wages and working conditions, the provision is vague and the practice is common. Last year, in a national survey conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, half of adults said discussions about pay were either prohibited or discouraged in their workplaces.
If you are an employer, get me the details of what you can and cannot do, legally, regarding your employees by discussing how much you pay them, benefits, bonuses, incentives, terms and conditions work, etc.,