7 Reasons Why Sharing Our Salary Make Us Uncomfortable
Like most people watching the Golden Globes this past weekend, I was fan girling Debra Messing for calling out E! about the pay disparity that lead to the resignation of one of their popular hosts Catt Sadler.
To be perfectly honest, I was a couple of weeks behind on my entertainment news fix and didn’t even realize Catt had left.
She was one of the hosts I loved so I decided to do a bit more digging to figure out what Debra Messing was referring to. I landed on Catt’s website explaining what she found out and why she left.
I can’t say I was surprised but I was deeply saddened for her. 12 years given to a company and job you love just to be presented with a choice that never should be. Take what they give you and keep doing what you love or take a stand and lose said job.
I commend her bravery for not only taking a stand (which affects her earnings and in turn her family, regardless of how much money she already has) but speaking up and out about it.
E! Entertaiment’s lackluster and frankly eye-roll inducing response (Twitter had receipts to prove the explanation didn’t hold merit because the tapes don’t lie) only make matters worse. Although to be fair, I’m not sure how else they could handle it because let’s be honest, no corporate company is going to admit “hey we do pay our male employees more than their female counterparts at the same/comparable level doing the same/comparable job for whatever reason.”
I’ve been out of corporate for 7 years this March so I haven’t really had to think about this in a while. But Catt’s story got me thinking about what I would do if I were in her position where I found out that my colleague who was doing the same job as I / was at the same level as I, and was making almost double my salary. To add insult to injury, when I tried to negotiate for same or close, I was denied.
I let the thought kind of drift away and then this morning I read about the HUGE pay disparity between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for reshoots for “All The Money In The World” (she made $1000 and he made $1.5million) and it hit me.
What would happen if we shared salary information? Or more appropriately, WHY do we not share salary information?
I started pondering all the reasons I don’t share that information and I identified 7 Reasons Why Sharing Our Salary Make Us Uncomfortable.
7. Feeling a need / sense of privacy. Simply put, it’s my personal business and some things should be kept private.
The commonalities between all of these reasons (except #7) however is insecurity and fear.
Sadly, even after writing down these reasons and looking at the words jumping at me knowing what’s really behind them, I still don’t know if I would share that information outside of my husband and the extremely few people I trust enough to tell.