Hayward, CA asked in Employment Law for Washington

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.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: 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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