I currently work for top company in the world. I am currently a Operations Manager within this company. I started as a base level hourly employee and made my way 6 levels to now manage other managers. I have talked to peers at my same level and i am seeing that i am being under paid by almost 40% compared to other that either came straight from college or other industries. The issue I find with this is that i am the one responsible for training majority of these people and the salary is completely off. I am currently making what a college hire makes at Level 4 and I am a Level 6. How can i either start a petition for equal pay or get them to review how they pay us. I have now 4 years with the company and many of the manager they hire in only last for about 1 year before leaving
I have found there are 3 tiers to how my company compensates us. The list that i will be making is from highest compensation to lowest.
Industry hire - external
Internal Promotions - currently where i set
My job is not unionized and i am asking if i start a movement like this can i get fired and/or will it affect my future promotions
There are clear and strong laws that require equal pay based on membership in a protected class. However, unless the reason for the difference in pay is membership in a protected class, an employer has no legal duty to pay all employees of the same "grade" or "position" the same amount of money. If your situation is one covered by the protective statutes, then there is no need to use a petition. If it is not covered by a protective statute, then yes, one option you have is to bring this issue to the company's attention through petition, or, you might even consider trying to unionize the workplace.
Be careful You are protected if you are involved in this kind of collective communication under the National Labor Relations Act, but you need to be sure to stay under that law's protective umbrella. It would be a good idea to seek out the advice and counsel of a labor law attorney, i.e., an attorney well versed in unionization law, before you step out with this idea. Also, really think through whether you think this very large company would do anything simply because a percentage of its employees hands it a piece of paper with signatures on it.
Good luck to you.
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