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Old 11-13-2015, 05:13 PM
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A guy I know and 2 others were given 3 days off next week without pay when their superiors found out that the three of them discussed how much money they each made. All of them were told that they could have been fired or legal action could be taken for discussing their incomes with each other.

The company that I work for has a notation in the company HR policy book that states discussing your income with other employee's would be subject to disciplinary action. I'm sure this is common with most companies but is there actually a risk of legal action that can be taken against you?

I have never heard of any law that you would be breaking by revealing your income to anyone whether they work for the same company or not. I understand that it's politically incorrect to discuss your income with fellow co-workers, or anyone else for that matter, but what law would you be breaking?

Personally I don't know why it's such a big deal to discuss your income with others, I am cautious on who I discuss the topic with but I don't consider it some super secret.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:15 PM
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They don't want people comparing notes. It's in no way illegal.
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The company makes the rules. There are some very good reasons that employers don't want employees to discuss salary. If employees break the rules, they are subjected to disciplinary action. State or Federal labor laws don't weigh in here.
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A guy I know and 2 others were given 3 days off next week without pay when their superiors found out that the three of them discussed how much money they each made. All of them were told that they could have been fired or legal action could be taken for discussing their incomes with each other.

The company that I work for has a notation in the company HR policy book that states discussing your income with other employee's would be subject to disciplinary action. I'm sure this is common with most companies but is there actually a risk of legal action that can be taken against you?

I have never heard of any law that you would be breaking by revealing your income to anyone whether they work for the same company or not. I understand that it's politically incorrect to discuss your income with fellow co-workers, or anyone else for that matter, but what law would you be breaking?

Personally I don't know why it's such a big deal to discuss your income with others, I am cautious on who I discuss the topic with but I don't consider it some super secret.
What kind of legal action? What are the damages?

I'm guessing that they could be fired, whether they be contract or at will employees, but I don't know about legal action. Seems like a stretch.
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Now more then ever it's time to talk, why are they trying to hide things from you? Just don't tell the cat your eating the cheese.
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I have never heard of any law that you would be breaking by revealing your income to anyone whether they work for the same company or not. .
I can get fired for all kinds of things that aren't against the law....and to the question of "legal action". I guess that all depends on what I signed when joining the company. Russ, I have noticed you getting a little Ole Petish lately. Don't get sucked into the drama and don't create it. Be happy.
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Now more then ever it's time to talk, why are they trying to hide things from you? Just don't tell the cat your eating the cheese.
I'm not sure what you are trying to say, can you please explain?

I don't know what legal action the company threatened, maybe they weren't even specific on what the legal action was.
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Discussing salary and benefits is a 'protected concerted activity' defined by the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA protections still apply to non union employees as well.

The employer was not very bright to to have put that in writing and they'd be in a world of shit if they retaliated.
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Originally Posted by Everton View Post
Discussing salary and benefits is a 'protected concerted activity' defined by the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA protections still apply to non union employees as well.

The employer was not very bright to to have put that in writing and they'd be in a world of shit if they retaliated.

I think that the THT brethren just got another member that knows stuff.
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Yep..the three guys I work with in my "division" call each other after the big boss comes down and does a "performance review". He shows up once a year and marches us into the office to give us a raise. It's all hush hush.

We all get the COLA raise, because we're capped salary. The two year old get's .50/hr increases per quarter, but he got hired at 15$/ hr so he deserves it. He'll get to the cap in another 4 years, just like we did.
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Originally Posted by Everton View Post
Discussing salary and benefits is a 'protected concerted activity' defined by the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA protections still apply to non union employees as well.
You might want to brush up on those regs a bit.
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Originally Posted by KJS View Post
I can get fired for all kinds of things that aren't against the law....and to the question of "legal action". I guess that all depends on what I signed when joining the company. Russ, I have noticed you getting a little Ole Petish lately. Don't get sucked into the drama and don't create it. Be happy.
Huh? I have no intention of getting involved in any drama, just a curious question that I couldn't answer.

"Ole Petish"- You got me on that one KJS, no idea who or what this is or what it means.
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Its hard enough paying females less. Employees start talking salary the cats going to get out of the bag.
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Originally Posted by alligatorgar View Post
Its hard enough paying females less. Employees start talking salary the cats going to get out of the bag.
Be quiet Ginny.
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Originally Posted by Shin-Dig View Post
You might want to brush up on those regs a bit.
Care to elaborate?

I'm on my phone so not sure if this link will show but reference the West Caldwell, NJ and St. Louis, MO cases.

https://www.nlrb.gov/rights-we-prote...erted-activity
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Originally Posted by gofastsandman View Post
Be quiet Ginny.
Nah genny is wrapping up a reception, or clearing up, or interviewing contractors to break new ground.
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Originally Posted by Shin-Dig View Post
You might want to brush up on those regs a bit.
Hmm, I'll chime in here. I maintain a PHR ( professional in human resources) certification so I'm fairly well versed on these regs. Barring the employees being in the railway industry ( follows whole different but similar rules), supervisors, Ag workers or a company that employes only Ag workers, the NLRA protects employees regarding "secrecy of pay". That being said, the NLRA can force employers to bring back wrongfully fired employes but for the most part lacks any real teeth. Honestly, if the company frowns upon it I would simply avoid it, many other legal ways to get rid of employees if the company deems them "troublesome".
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Old 11-13-2015, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Everton View Post
Discussing salary and benefits is a 'protected concerted activity' defined by the National Labor Relations Act. The NLRA protections still apply to non union employees as well.

The employer was not very bright to to have put that in writing and they'd be in a world of shit if they retaliated.
Youd be wrong. A good many people have been terminated for that very thing and it has held up in court. There are several exemptions in the NRLA. Salary, hourly and contractual employees are not treated the same under the act and dont necessarily receive the same protection. A business could also file suit if they could show damages as a result of employees sharing the information. Hence the legal issues part.
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How can employees be disciplined by what they do when they aren't at work or on company time?
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
How can employees be disciplined by what they do when they aren't at work or on company time?
All the time.

Case in point: how many sports figures have been disciplined due to their behavior while not working?
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