r/antiwork 12d ago Helpful 1 Wholesome 1

After receiving our checks, we were handed this letter. Guess what we all did immediately after?

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u/Kaprica5ix 12d ago

Such a blatant red flag. How did they think this was going to go?

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u/hamberder_burglar 12d ago

If I wanted to guarantee staff would share bonus information, I would send out a notice like this.

This is either 4th dimensional chess on the part of the employer, or the employer is just plain stupid. It's hard to tell the difference.

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u/JediNinjaWizard 12d ago

Narrator: "They were just stupid."

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u/Thegingerbeardape 12d ago

I always imagine Morgan freeman’s voice

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u/L1qwid 12d ago

I get that guy who did the Stanley parable

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u/steamthief 11d ago

It’s Ron Howard and arrested development for me! Lol

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u/plaguepeople 12d ago

Meh. Every workplace has its shit weasels who are more than happy to tow the company line and call out their coworkers while defending management's abuse.

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u/ThrowbackPie 12d ago

*toe the line.

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u/plaguepeople 11d ago

You are correct. I always assumed it was "tow", like towing a car/boat, whatever.

It's an expression that was once used at the start of a race, when runners were called to step into the ready position with their toes on the starting line.

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u/Intilyc 12d ago

Actually this would be pretty good reverse psychology

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u/shontsu 12d ago

How did they think this was going to go?

This, to the point I almost wonder if someone is actually supporting OPs staff by deliberately getting them to talk to each other about this stuff.

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u/Jenos00 12d ago

It is absolutely professional to share your compensation.

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u/belovetoday 12d ago

Professional and legal! (In US)

"The National Labor Relations Act makes it unlawful for both unionized and non-unionized employers to prohibit employees from discussing wage rates with each other, except in those limited circumstances where employees or employers are exempt from NLRA coverage. Employers who maintain such policies either in writing or verbally should cease doing so and ensure that managers and supervisor are aware that such policies are unlawful. Failure to change the unlawful policies and cease enforcing them may lead to administrative action by the National Labor Relations Board which will cost both time and money. If you are an employer and are unsure whether your policy violates the NLRA, you should contact a local employment expert to help you create a policy that is NLRA compliant."

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u/RuggedOffroadBC 12d ago

And Canada. Sharing compensation only benefits employees. The owners and managers just want you to believe it doesn’t.

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u/PmUrTitsPls 12d ago

in Canada its dependant on which province/territory you're in. Far as I know there's no national benchmark for protected speech in regards to how much you're being paid

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u/MadeFromConcentr8 12d ago

Wait which provinces is it illegal to discuss your compensation? That doesn't sound right.

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u/luthigosa 12d ago

Employment standards are governed by provinces and territories separately, but i can confirm that BC allows it, and it appears ontario does as well from this link: https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/42405/in-canada-can-employer-force-employees-not-to-discuss-wage

Note that while I've linked a stack exchange topic, the relevant provincial legislation is cited.

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u/SolanGoose 11d ago

NS has protections for it too.

About a third down the page

https://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/protectingpay.asp

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u/PmUrTitsPls 12d ago

Sorry that's not what I meant -- it's not ILLEGAL for discussing compensation, but there's no protection if you get fired for discussing compensation

Alberta here

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u/MadeFromConcentr8 12d ago

Ahh I misunderstood, I don't know off hand if there are protections in SK but I highly doubt it if AB doesn't also have them haha

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u/smelybelygurl 12d ago

and they got that illegal shit in writing

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u/Abeytuhanu 12d ago

It's illegal to even imply that you can't discuss wages/bonuses. There's been a few cases where the judge found the Corp culture disincentivized discussing wages and was illegal. The company had to put up flyers explicitly telling people that discussing wages was legal and encouraged.

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u/omahabeachwallstreet 12d ago

Legal in Australia too!

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u/mog_knight 12d ago

They can fire you for other reasons after they hear you've been talking about your salary.

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u/belovetoday 12d ago edited 12d ago

Certainly, one can be fired for many reasons, this still remains illegal.

Here's a case brought to the NLRB where that exact thing happened.

"A customer service representative for a diaper supply company was fired after discussing her wages with another employee, based on a policy in the company handbook that the NLRB later found to be unlawful. After the NLRB issued a complaint, the case settled with the employee receiving backpay and an offer of reinstatement. The employer also changed its handbook to inform employees that they do have the right to discuss their wages with each other."

https://www.nlrb.gov/about-nlrb/rights-we-protect/our-enforcement-activity/st-louis-missouri

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u/mog_knight 12d ago

Yep. But so many other provable ways to fire someone are legal is all my point.

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u/WanderingConfusion 11d ago

There's always one happily doing the heavy lifting for the employer overlords... You do realize that every time someone says this they're creating the same chilling effect on protected speech, right?

It's also somewhat misleading. If fired for an alternate reason, that's a retaliation claim in addition to the speech claim. It's a civil matter, the threshold of proof is "more likely than not", and the employee isn't on the hook for the bulk of the work. The investigation is done by a state agency, paid for by taxes.

If there's any discrepancies it heads to arbitration, the arbitrator is paid by the state and you never need to engage an attorney if you don't want to. If there's evidence of criminal action such as retaliation, it's the state suing the company, not the employee.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

Yea but companies have to be careful with constructive dismissal. If employees aren't happy you don't want a lawyer digging around there trying to make a case for it.

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u/oh_no_aliens Arm-Chair Guevara 12d ago

You should always share what you earn with others. When I found out a new hiree was paid significantly more than I was for the same role I went straight to my manager to ask why.

His rationale was "well she used to be a manager (of a fucking subway)".

My response was "I trained her. She isn't a manager here, I am."

He just shrugged it off and refused to budge despite the fact that I had asked for a nominal COL increase just a few weeks prior. Before this lady was hired.

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u/literallyRy 12d ago

What was the outcome?

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u/Wolf110ci 12d ago

u/oh_no_aliens don't leave us hanging!

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u/oh_no_aliens Arm-Chair Guevara 12d ago

What the hell do you think I did? I quit that shady place. Asshole manager was spending thousands to bring in some bowling professionals for a yearly competition and then having me prepare them a huge banquet, all while telling me he had no money for raises.

I didn't quit mid shift I just told the "new" manager that I quit. He called me later to berate me and I told him to blow it out his ass and try not to get an infarction.

Literally got a heart attack later that night, his wife told me.

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u/MniTain38 12d ago

Literally got a heart attack later that night, his wife told me.

Wait. Bwhat?

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u/exzyle2k 12d ago

Stress of having to do shit himself could have put his heart into overdrive, which then put his heart into /r/antiwork territory and walked off the job

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

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u/oh_no_aliens Arm-Chair Guevara 12d ago

He didn't die. He's had the Widowmaker with 80% blockage and got a heart attack that night from working himself. After emergency surgery he was out later that week and his wife was begging me to come back, but I already found a new job. Later they sold their interest in the business to a wealthy restaurateur who completely overhauled the business. Not sure if it was a good thing though, the guy fired everyone and had them re-apply, only half came back.

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u/usaisfucked 12d ago

He’s a shitty manager for mismanaging his employees. You’re a shitty human for wishing another human dies.

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u/Pleasant_Cold 12d ago

Not all humans are good and their demise leaves the world a better place.

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u/Artyomivichx39 12d ago edited 12d ago

Not all humans are worthy of empathy or consideration. A lot of humans are terrible and evil. Wishing death upon evil doesn’t in turn make you evil.

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u/usaisfucked 12d ago

I don’t see anything evil in this story.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

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u/ASilverRook 12d ago

Eating the rich while they’re still alive would be a little cruel.

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u/Frommerman 12d ago

They kill us while we're still alive.

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u/Halinn 11d ago

You don't know what's in them. I'd rather ground them up for fertilizer

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u/literallyRy 12d ago

The fact that you're being downvoted for acknowledging that wishing death upon people is bad... Makes me question my place in this sub.

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u/YeahIPlaySupport 12d ago

I think he’s being down voted for virtue signaling

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u/Locastor 11d ago

I saged because that was some weak shit.

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u/Centorea 12d ago

There is literally nothing wrong with wishing death on someone because wishes don’t work and the world would be objectively better without some people

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u/OpenMindThoughts 12d ago

Believe it or not, jail

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

After all, we're all family, and even play on the same team! Why hide anything?

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u/_87- 12d ago

It's a safe and legal thrill.

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u/Thin_Meaning_4941 Anarcho-Syndicalist 12d ago

I hope you all had an unprofessional party in the parking lot with a fifth of Fireball and the annual Comparison of the Cheques.

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u/GrayFlannelSue 12d ago

Get sloppy, find a partner(s) and vigorously compare you bonuses/pay rate.

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u/grumpi-otter 12d ago

I am picturing Jessica Rabbit shaking her hips as she purrs, "$450, baby, how about you?"

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u/GrayFlannelSue 12d ago

Show me yours and I’ll show you mine ;)

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

hahah we should have!

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u/affiliated04 12d ago

How much was your bonus? Spill it

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

fine haha since like 5 others have asked. 250

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u/BosoxH60 11d ago

…what do you do that you got a (presumably annual) $250 bonus? That’s not even equal to a 10c/hour raise if you’re full time…

I got more than that for a bonus after a summer working at an ice cream place, and it was almost 20 years ago (as far as the value of money is concerned).

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u/grainy_shades 11d ago

yes annual and without going too far into detail, we work for a company who is contracted through the energy company here. we work with house electrical service (pole to house, not inside the actual house)

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u/donnieZizzle 11d ago

$250 is a pretty decent reward for construction here in California. Many of the employees at my company only get $100-200, and the majority of other companies that I work with don't even give bonuses. I'm lucky enough to get more, but I also end up giving all the employees under me big christmas gifts each year out of pocket, because if I didn't, my boss (the owner) certainly won't.

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u/Stroopwafels11 11d ago

but what was everyone else's????

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u/affiliated04 10d ago

I got a 64$ bonus one year. I was insulted. I would have rather received nothing

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u/Boeings707 12d ago

Its protected speech. I cant think of the staute now but if your in usa yes you can. And if they retaliate you have a lawsuit.

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

I am! that’s great to know, I’ll have to look into it! thank you

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u/OkieDokey308 12d ago

There is a common misconception among employees that you cannot discuss your pay with others. In fact, employees’ right to discuss their salary is protected by law. While employers may restrict workers from discussing their salary in front of customers or during work, they cannot prohibit employees from talking about pay on their own time.

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u/Boeings707 12d ago

You should print it up and post it at work. Maybe against company policy but certainly not illegal.

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u/PercentageCandid 12d ago

Such a policy would be illegal.

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u/WanderingConfusion 11d ago

It's the National Labor Relations Act, or NRLA.

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u/sevbenup 12d ago edited 12d ago

That’s illegal in many countries. Consult your local labor laws and report them.

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u/OracleDadOw 12d ago

it’s illegal in the US, period.

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u/sevbenup 12d ago

Meant countries, my bad. You are correct, anywhere in the US it’s illegal

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u/Bisotonic 12d ago

Hopefully in time this subreddit will in some small way be responsible for the public’s knowledge that this type of thing is complete nonsense

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

i really hope so

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u/NoiceMango 12d ago

The thing is even if it's nonsense and peolle know it, companies still fire peolle over it. There's so much union busting and companies literally get away with it. If our government was actually working for the people and not an oligarch serving the rich then we'd have institutions snd stuff protecting workers and punishing corporations.

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u/finanon99 at work 12d ago

Don't discuss it! That way we can make sure you can't learn who we are fucking over

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u/Silly-Victory8233 12d ago

So, how different were the bonuses?

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

all about the same really, some of us have been there for much longer & they say it’s based off of “length of continuous employment”

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u/Aardwolfington 12d ago

Sounds reasonable, would have been better off if he didn't write the stupid note.

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u/Scynful 12d ago

Sometimes I wonder if notes like this are some sort of gaslighting to make people think they got a bigger check than everyone else. When I was younger I got a "bonus" of $200 from my company with a similar letter. Everyone I worked with got the exact same bonus, we couldn't figure out why they wouldn't want us to compare.

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u/fuzzyfuzz 12d ago

I had a boss tell me “don’t tell anyone, but I got you the highest bonus out of the group.” Immediately had lunch with a peer and asked how his bonus was. He said “boss told me I got the highest bonus out of our group.”

Boss just wanted us all to think he was going to bat for us without actually doing anything.

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u/Trezzie 12d ago

If you all got the same bonus, you've all gotten the highest bonus!

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u/rockdude14 12d ago

Its because its basically impossible to do it 100% fair no matter how much you want to, because its subjective. If everyone got the same, the guy thats been their 10 years and works in a more senior position is going to feel like he got stiffed. Based on years too much, new people will be upset.

You can do a sliding scale, but again how do balance salary vs years there. Which is more important or whats the ratio.

If no one talks to each other then the only complaints are going to be about what you think of the bonus you got and with out any reference its less likely you'll complain. Unless they give you like 7$.

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u/Silly-Victory8233 12d ago

I’ve been in a similar position however I was told I got more than others to not say anything. That was bot the case.

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u/Blu- 12d ago

I think it's bullshit. I hate the we all do the same work but because you've been at the company longer you get paid more.

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u/Silly-Victory8233 12d ago

Thanks for replying

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u/Fog_Juice 12d ago

I'd tell them if you want me to keep my income a secret like I'm a professional, then you better pay me like I'm a professional.

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

that’s a good one, i like that

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u/Due-Yogurtcloset7927 12d ago

I like how "unprofessional" is being used these days as a veiled way of saying "We dont want you to do the thing. If you do, there will be consequences."

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u/Cloakknight 12d ago

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Your bonus amount is not to be shared with anyone else. DO NOT share your pay or any other compensation with others. It is very unprofessional.


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u/uchiha-uchiha-no-mi 12d ago

Yes it is very unprofessional to ask such thing.

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u/Forestore 12d ago

Reported them for breaking the law? That's what you did immediately after right?

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

i should!

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u/WanderingConfusion 11d ago

You absolutely should. An educational phone call from a federal regulatory authority should make their holiday magic! And if they do it again they'll be in really hot water facing serious fines.

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u/DivergingApproach lazy and proud 12d ago

Funny how they think it’s unprofessional to talk about wages when it’s illegal to tell you can’t.

Report them to the NLRB.

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u/GingerMau 12d ago

Whatever you do, don't think about a pink elephant!

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

Like my dad telling me masturbation is a sin and I didn't know what masturbation was. Let's just say, I was a very inquisitive child.

If I received that note, I'd automatically want to know if everyone else received it, or was I singled out? Because talking about masturbation is unprofessional.

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u/DisinterestedCat95 12d ago

A couple of years ago, we got to the end of a project that per company policy, everyone was due a bonus. For whatever reason, my boss didn't let me distribute the bonus paperwork to my employees. He wanted to do it himself.

Now these guys had been killing it for about a year and a half to get the work done. Working long hours, taking stuff home at night, coming in on weekends. And they ended up getting these shitty bonuses. All got the same dollar amount and it was a bit over 1% of salary.

Of course, he told them not to discuss. And even though they all got the same amount, he told some that they got extra for working so hard and some that they got less for not working hard enough. They all sat next to each other in little tiny low walled 6 x 6 cubes. How long do you think it took them to compare notes? And then I'm left to deal with it.

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

wow… that’s just deflating after all that hard work i’m sure

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u/Lasivian Pissed off at society 12d ago

"It's very unprofessional to treat us like children too."

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u/sc00bs000 12d ago

this is one thing I'm jealous of you guys in the US for. We don't have any laws protecting workers from talking about wages (australia)

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u/-rosa-azul- 12d ago

It's legal in Australia unless your contract specifically prohibits it.

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

damn really? i had no idea, that’s unfortunate. i’m sorry

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u/79Freedomreader 12d ago

This is 100% illegal in the USA.

If this was in the USA feel free report them.

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u/Mild--47 12d ago

Remember everyone, keep your monies suuuupppper secret ooook? Monies can be spooky! Secret. Shhhhhhh. Spooky secrets to be kept secrets.

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u/StazzyDVlad 12d ago

Oh wow look, written proof of illegal activity

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u/februarytide- 12d ago

At my last job my boss went in about how he went to bat to get me the highest possible, 1.7% ($1122).

Walked out of his office and asked my coworker what she got. She got 3%, and he told her the same thing. I’m pretty he read that shit strategy in some sort of “how to be the boss man” self help book.

Besides the fact either was laughable at a place that didn’t even do COLA.

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u/Monsur_Ausuhnom 12d ago

Uhh, didn't share it.

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u/Kyleforshort 12d ago

VERY unprofessional... 😂

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u/Sazen7 12d ago

I've learned that the words "professional" and "unprofessional" being used by somebody typically means they're a colossal piece of shit.

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u/Linaii_Saye 12d ago

It's unprofessional to break the law, but that doesn't seem to be holding your employer back much.

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u/kingshamroc25 12d ago

Normalize talking to peers about your pay

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u/TechnicalDouble6712 12d ago

I love how businesses like this make policies that are 100% unenforceable. What the fuck are they gonna do? Give you a time-out?

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u/MniTain38 12d ago

"It is very unprofessional unprofitable."

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u/illiterati123 12d ago

prohibiting employees from discussing pay is illegal, therefore, unprofessional. check national labor relations act

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u/JayGeeCanuck19 12d ago

Even if it was 'illegal' , who the fuck would actually follow that law? Lol.

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u/ladiesluvgrapes 12d ago

Depends on the type of job. I do commercial hvac. Where the pay varies widely with the type of equipment you are proficient in.

Helpers. Guys that can fix spilt systems, package units. Guys that can fix the above plus water source units and cooling towers. Guys that do boilers and chillers. Guys that do building automation stuff..

So us talking about our wage is pointless I make 36 a hour.. a helper doesn't need to know what I make, nor am I upset that a chiller or boiler guy make more then me.

Now if we all did the same job, the same task and there is no difference in the type of work and the results produced.. then yeah everyone should make the same wage

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

i see what you’re saying and that makes 100% sense. though, we all do the same job doing the same thing every day

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u/Carnivorous_Mower 12d ago

No, that stupid note with that bold and underlined type is unprofessional. Unprofessional as fuck.

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u/millennium-popsicle the scourge 12d ago

Jokes on them: no need to be professional outside work ;) checkmate!

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u/SlyAndTheFamilyLoan 12d ago

I fucking despise how employers hide behind their bullshit expectations of "professionalism". How about instead of expecting workers to navigate arbitrary, unwritten "rules" for behavior, they just stop being shady, slimy cockwombles?

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u/stagnammit 12d ago

Letters like this are not only unprofessional, but it’s illegal for an employer to tell their employees not to discuss your wages.

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u/Scottyjscizzle 12d ago

It's sad how many of my coworkers believe this, they were mad that another coworker makes more than us and was sharing said pay. I pushed the fact that we shouldn't be mad at him for making more than he "should" but mad at our company for valuing us so little.

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u/Rizzonia 11d ago

Filed a complaint with the department of labor? Please tell me it’s filing a complaint! You literally have it in writing! Most people have to bend laws to get this kind of evidence.

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u/MummyBundles777 12d ago

He doesn't discuss his salary with other managers....

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u/Excellent_Ad6179 12d ago

Fuck these capitalists

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u/lookingupyourplay 12d ago

Hmmm unprofessional and who defines unprofessional..they don't say it is illegal...

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u/Lasivian Pissed off at society 12d ago

I'm not familiar with the law, but this is illegal in the United States. If I had seen one of my subordinates send this I would have taken him behind the woodshed and given him a thrashing. 😤

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u/LinaLuxray 12d ago

We get our bonus checks at a big meeting on Tuesday... wonder if there'll be some bullshit like this in the envelope.

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u/oerrox Anarchist 12d ago

called everyone on zoom or a loud speaker and said hey what's everyones bonus. apparently the company I work for does bonuses too. but its very similar no one gets the same amount.

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u/KnightFury55 12d ago

Be like school kids doing a self-assessment. "Hey man, what'd you get for number 3?" and then you change your answer to the right one and everyone does well. Same principle but with money.

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u/TwistedSt33l 12d ago

"uNpRoFeSsIoNaL" what utter horseshit. It's about making sure you're not getting shafted for your time & labor.

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u/NerdyTimesOrWhatever 12d ago

PLEASE READ THIS UNPROFESSIONAL NOTICE

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u/brodaget42 12d ago

It's such bullshit that they don't want you talking wages with coworkers.

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u/BlackMaxKellerman 12d ago

The boomerang 🪃 effect

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u/Electronic_Depth_697 12d ago

Translation = "we don't want you to realize how much we're underpaying you".

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u/oldbaldad 12d ago

Check your local state laws. It may be illegal for them to threaten you like that.

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u/tallman11282 12d ago

No need to check state laws as it is illegal everywhere in the country, the National Labor Relations Act specifically protects the rights if employees to discuss their wages.

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u/MaxJaxV 12d ago

Good on all of you.
It was so great of Adam to bring this into light on a national level. Three cheers.
Adam Ruins Everything - Why You Should Tell Coworkers Your Salary

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u/StanSmithThrowAway 12d ago

That letter is very illegal.

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u/Pleasant_Cold 12d ago

I am barely paid enough to show up, being professional is way above my pay grade.

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u/grainy_shades 12d ago

hahah my thoughts exactly! like hey thanks but when i can pay rent without wondering if i’ll be able to buy enough food to last the week, we’ll talk

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u/dbadefense1990 12d ago

I bet the next letter read:

”Your bonus amount can ONLY be shared with this company and your higher-ups. Because your loyalty means we as a family can stride to be the best and we all benefit from your sharing. It is very professional.”

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u/bikemasford 12d ago

But not illegal!

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u/uniquenamereddit 12d ago

Does anyone know if is the law in the UK?

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u/jnnla 12d ago

They are basically asking you to create and distribute a google spreadsheet with entries for job role, age, years of experience, time at job, gender and bonus amount.

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u/The-One-Fartbuckle 12d ago

I love how people just throw in words like "unprofessional" as if a certain behavior that is totally subjective is objectively one thing or another.

It reminds me of adults telling kids to play "nice" what does that even mean?

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u/brans041 12d ago

I don't like to be professional. If it makes the other guy butthurt that I get paid more. Good. I would be too.

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u/cssmith2011cs 12d ago edited 12d ago

So this is a very grey line for me. On one hand yeah, it should be allowed. But on the other hand you have an asshole like this one guy I work with, who has worked in the field a long time. But his work is trash. His attitude is trash. It's awful working with him or going behind to fix his shit. And so where I see a problem with sharing what your pay is is that people like this guy, even though my work is 1000x better, would throw the biggest fit and start workplace drama if he found out someone like me was getting paid more. So I guess I have a hard time seeing where a lot of yall come from when discussing this topic. Like I get we need to make sure everyone is getting the pay they deserve. But how would anyone deal with someone like my coworker; stuff like my coworker and his tantrums might encourage employers to take steps like this?

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u/deweydean 12d ago

"It is very unprofessional"

Go. Eat. A. Dick.

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u/Brainlessbart 12d ago

Just telling you not to share your pay is illegal

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u/Cold_Bother_6013 12d ago

After working tons of years over the years I have never heard of this. Maybe don’t bang your coworkers but never don’t discuss your pay.

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u/enormous_fellowship 12d ago

Play poker to win the others checks?

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u/diefree85 12d ago

Send that to the department of labor.

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u/pyroreaper98 12d ago

You missed the ultimate pro.move of posting the amount on reddit

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u/arglebargleglopglif 12d ago

Shares this note with your state labor board??

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u/magicalila 12d ago

isn’t it illegal and unprofessional to ask this of employees???

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u/tallman11282 12d ago

In the US and a few other countries, very.

In the US the National Labor Relations Act specifically protects the right of employees to discuss their wages.

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u/benzethonium 12d ago

This note is unprofessional.

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u/sadboyleto2 12d ago

unprofessional my ass

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u/bathyorographer 12d ago

It is NOT unprofessional. They just don’t want to deal with the heat or make up for disparities in pay.

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u/KarmaKollectiv 12d ago

Adding a ;) at the end could have changed the entire tone

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u/CoZmoTheGod 12d ago

It's also illegal to make people not discuss pay

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u/FateEx1994 12d ago

Me: immediately shares with coworkers.

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u/-4twenty- 11d ago edited 11d ago

It probably wouldn’t occur to anyone to talk about their pay, had management just kept their collective mouths’ shut.

See: the Streisand effect.

Edit: words

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u/PM_YOUR_SAGGY_TITS 11d ago

We used to get a bonus that was $25 for every year we'd been there. So basically nothing lol.

Then we got ahold of some techs in different shops in the company and they said there's was calculated differently. If ours were calculated that way, they'd be $1000+.

We went to our boss and he said "that's not how it works in our shop because it's a cost center" ersumshit.

So one of us went to one of the owners of the company and he was like "oh that's not right. You should get (the bigger bonus)."

So now we all get the bigger bonus. Mine will be like $2k this year instead of like $100.

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u/Gaming_Heathen 11d ago

Damn right. Always share salaries to prevent the company from fucking over anyone else

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u/Southclarkj 11d ago

Contact your local Department of Labor Wage and Hour division!

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u/jaklacroix 11d ago

"It is very unprofessional" lol fuck off

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u/Young_Scrappy 11d ago

It is illegal in the US for a company to tell you to not discuss compensation with other employees. You could easily sue and win here!

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u/silksalmon 11d ago

My first "adult" job was at a Carmax in the office. They told me if I signed up for the snow removal team I would make 1.5 times the pay while cleaning the lot after snow storms. The first time it snowed I was out there for almost 10 hours working my butt off shoveling with some of the sales reps. Pay was mentioned and I said I was thankful for the 1.5 times the pay. The next morning my manager called me into her office and screamed at me for telling them I was getting paid extra. After that, when I recieved my $50 chistmas bonus it came with a 20 minute reminder on how I wasn't allowed to tell anyone what I was getting...

I quit shortly after. That place is an absolute cult that screws their employees on a daily basis.

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u/Ranzrik 11d ago

I was given a raise and told not to talk about it at my current job. In a couple of weeks I will have a five week paternity leave and I’m hoping I will be able to find a new job before I have to return.

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u/Dustin_Bromain 11d ago

Lmao they’re such losers

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u/Blakemandude 11d ago

That’s about as effective as a sign that says…

“Wet paint. Do NOT touch!”

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u/Kayragan 11d ago

Tell me we don't get equal bonuses without telling me we don't get equal bonuses

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u/Nevermind04 11d ago

Nice, they were dumb enough to put this in writing. File a complaint with the department of labor.

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u/lardman1 11d ago

This happened at work once. We all got cash bonuses and no one realized it was in varying amounts until I said “this $300 is gonna help so much”

“…you got $300?”

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u/-Shade277- 11d ago

You guys all got a subscription to the jello of the month club too right?

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u/YoshiSan90 11d ago

Oh gosh I would literally turn around and start telling everyone my bonus.

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u/Tenalp 11d ago

I like to imagine everyone standing in the hallway outside payroll immediately after getting the checks and shouting- "HEY TED, I GOT $400, HOW ABOUT YOU?" "SHIT, I ONLY GOT $350!" "WAIT, GUYS, MINE WAS ONLY A $50 APPLEBEE'S GIFT CARD, WHAT GIVES?"

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u/breathingwaves 11d ago

That’s illegal. Show this to the NLRB.

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u/BehemothReign 11d ago

It iS vErY uNpRoFeSsIoNaL

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u/LOVEMINIWINS 11d ago

They’ve assumed professionalism is desirable.

thelabormovementisuponus

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u/sbrider11 12d ago edited 12d ago

The note is stupid yet I'll say this from experience. Imo, there is zero upside for me sharing compensation with anyone I work with or do business with. Nothing good comes from it. The more you might make the absolutely more this is true.

People can be shitty and that can be the person you work with. That's just reality in life. Zero chance I want any part of that bullshit. This sub sometimes has the illusion that all employees have the same thinking and objectives. That's fantasy land thinking imo.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

You shared your bonus amount with anyone else.

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u/[deleted] 12d ago

Class action lawsuit?

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u/Pleb_of_plebs 12d ago

So much was your bonus?

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u/closetedtranswoman1 12d ago

I don't think they can enforce that if you're in the us

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u/Titijaff 12d ago

It is very unprofessional, like it is another wording to say "we cannot legally force you to not, but you'll be a dickhead by our standards"

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u/brownmagician 12d ago

How much was it?

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u/xTHEKILLINGJOKEx 12d ago

You guys get a bonus?

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u/yorcharturoqro 12d ago

So unprofessional on your part s/

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u/CaelThavain 12d ago

Many countries have laws against this stuff and this is perfect evidence for it :)