Q: I’m in Washington State and my employer says no one is allowed to discuss wages, is that legal?
I work in a senior living facility and I recently learned I was being paid a significant amount less than the other receptionists. I discussed my pay with my boss and she did give me a raise, but made it clear I am not allowed to discuss pay with other employees. She said it is a written rule in their handbook. I thought there was an open wage discussion rule that made it so employers could not prohibit this.
According to the Department of Labor and Industries,
Employers cannot prohibit employees from disclosing, comparing, or discussing their wages or the wages of other employees. Wage non-disclosure agreements for employees are prohibited.
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