When the Boss Says, ‘Don’t Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid’

Top_secretGag rules — company policies that prohibit employees from discussing their salaries with each other — 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. In the private sector, the number is higher, at 61 percent.

Last fall, I became a barista in a small, “socially responsible” coffee company. A few months later, I got a temporary paralegal position at one of the world’s biggest multinational, corporate law firms.

The two companies had little in common, but both told me one thing: Don’t talk to your coworkers about your pay.

Read more: The Atlantic »

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