"What would happen if you got to work one day, went into the
kitchen, and saw a list of your employees' salaries taped to the
fridge? Would you freak out? Would you expect to find half of your
staff weeping and the other half waiting with pitchforks outside
your office door?
"Because salary information is viewed as particularly sensitive,
employers often go to great lengths to keep it under wraps. Some
companies even make it a fireable offense for employees to compare
salaries, or they write something into the standard employment
contract prohibiting workers from disclosing their pay. (In the
United States, this kind of rule is unenforceable, by the way, but
some bosses hope their workers won't know that.) The trouble with
keeping salaries a secret is that it's usually used as a way to
avoid paying people fairly. And that's not good for employees -- or
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