Can I Ask My Boss How Much Other Employees Make?

Have you ever wondered how much money your coworkers make? Under the California Fair Pay Act, you may now have an opportunity to ask your employer about your pay in comparison to your fellow coworkers. Photo of female worker

We reported about the legislation last Friday, discussing how it is poised to be one of the strongest laws in the country when it comes to equal pay. As of last week, the bill awaited the approval of Governor Jerry Brown.

The law will make it difficult to pay female employees less than their counterparts are and will prohibit employers from retaliating against workers who ask about the salaries of coworkers. It is intended to put an end to the wage gap in California between male and female employees, as some researchers say that full-time female workers in receive about 84 cents to every dollar a man earns.

KGTV-TV reported that the bill allows workers to ask about coworker pay and challenge their own based on wages at different worksites, provided the same employer operates them. Employers would need to justify pay for “substantially similar” work by indicating that another employee is paid more based on items like seniority, education, training or previous experience.

Our Los Angeles Labor Lawyers Can Help You Fight Wage Discrimination

We are very excited about this legislation, which is expected to be signed into law soon. It is a big step forward in putting an end to the wage gap.

If you find out your coworkers make more money than you make and have less experience, education, or responsibilities, make sure you assess the situation. If you can, speak to a supervisor or someone in your human resources department and ask for a raise. Discuss your merits, responsibilities and accomplishments when addressing your issues—your employer cannot retaliate against you for doing this.

If your employer does not take action or satisfy your situation, talk to our Los Angles labor attorneys about taking legal action. If you believe that you are the victim of wage discrimination, we may be able to help you file a complaint with the Equal Employee Opportunity Commission and/or move forward with litigation.

Contact our Los Angeles employment law firm by calling (310) 273-3180.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys