How much do you make, what are you paid, how much do you have in the bank, what is your net worth?
That’s nobody’s business but yours (and hopefully your spouse).
The movement to encourage workers to ask what colleagues earn is yet another attempt to divide us, to create anti-employer sentiment and worker distrust. To what end?
If everyone is treated exactly the same, if there is no reason to shine brighter than others, to take risks, to go that extra mile, we can be more equal … and more average and mediocre.
By all means we should not tolerate pay discrimination or intentional inequity.
But what is an employer to do when required to justify the pay of every person who claims they should earn what a colleague earns? Will an employer be less inclined to reward good performance for fear of retribution? Who wants to make every pay decision under a microscope? The easy route will simply be to throw out performance and use pay scales like unions. You make the same in job A based on longevity regardless of your performance?
Think of the animosity to be created among workers. Your friend complains you make more so the boss slows your raises or cuts your pay to gain equality. You then resent your friend. A person learns they make less than a colleague, but all along thought their performance better, but it wasn’t. You learn a new hire is paid more than that you are and you were hired just a year ago. Do you care about any extenuating circumstances, like prior experience?
There are many tools available and have been for decades that allow tracking outright discriminatory pay practices. There are scores of laws to comply with and for appropriate penalties to be applied.
Americans are being conned as part of a broader strategy to eliminate the unique differences that allowed the US to become the worlds greatest economy benefiting the entire society like no other in history.