Companys can not stop employees from dating each other
Before I left, she had something to add.“Make sure you don’t talk about your salary with anyone,” she said sweetly, as if she was giving advice to her own son.“It causes conflict and people can be let go for doing it.” (This is to the best of my recollection, not verbatim.) It wasn’t all that surprising to hear this from a corporate HR manager. Just three months earlier, some of my coworkers at the coffee shop told me that our bosses, who worked in the office on salaries, and even the owner, got a higher cut of the tips than we did.The HR manager tried to convince me that the offer was competitive.She told me that she couldn’t offer more because it would be unfair to other paralegals.
Under the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA), all workers have the right to engage “concerted activity for mutual aid or protection” and “organize a union to negotiate with [their] employer concerning [their] wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.” In six states, including my home state of Illinois, the law even more explicitly protects the rights of workers to discuss their pay.
After I had worked for three months through a temp agency, the firm offered me a spot on their payroll.
Given the size and success of the firm, the starting salary seemed low.
One barista told me that when she complained about it, the managers reduced her hours.
When you make minimum wage and have to fight for more than 30 hours per week, tips are pretty important, so I sat down with my managers to discuss the controversy.