Ask Amy: Co-worker wonders about disclosing raises
Dear Amy: I’ve become good friends with a co-worker who started at the same job I did over 12 years ago.
I’ve received raises, including two after I changed departments six years ago.
In a recent conversation with my co-worker, they disclosed that they have not had one raise in all their time with the company.
When I was given my raises, I was always told it was confidential, and I’ve kept it quiet. My friend has asked several times and has been told that no raises are being given.
They have a good track record with the company and have done well in meeting their goals.
Should I say something to the co-worker about my pay increases?
Would it be better to hint at it and not break the agreed-to confidentiality?
My friend is thinking of looking for a new job.
– Feeling Guilty
Dear Feeling Guilty: This is from NLRB.gov: “Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act), employees have the right to communicate with other employees at their workplace about their wages. Wages are a vital term and condition of employment, and discussions of wages are often preliminary to organizing or other actions for mutual aid or protection.”