Contact Us

Proposed Law Would Require Employers to Share YOUR Paycheck Information with Co-Workers

Would you want co-workers to know your salary?
(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for IEBA)

In the interest of what they are calling fairness,  two Congresswomen want the details of your paycheck to be public.Not sure where it will go, but late last week Congresswomen Barbara A. Mikulski and Rosa DeLauro, both Democrats, introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, which they claim would greatly enhance fairness in the workplace.

According to the two legislators, women only make .77 cents on the dollar compared to men in the workplace, and they want to do away with legal action or punishments for workers who discuss their salaries amongst themselves.

Currently, federal law allows employers to reprimand or sue workers who divulge their paycheck and salary information. These two legislators consider it a loophole in the 1963 Equal Pay Act. The new bill would allow women to seek punitive damages for pay discrimination. It would also require employers to share previously private payroll information for the purpose of showing that pay disparities are due to performance, not gender.
It would essentially open up numerous previously private areas of YOUR paycheck to others in your business. While everyone knows workers often discuss how much they make, many others wish to keep that private. It’s no secret that some workers become jealous when they learn other people doing the same job are making more, often because of better performance.

The two Congresswomen believe opening up payroll information and removing punishments for discussing salary will eliminate inequities in the workplace.

We think it will just open up a can of worms, because spreading everyone’s salary information around the workplace will just create an uncomfortable environment.

More from Newstalk 870

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalk870.am using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!