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Can you discuss pay rates with your coworkers?

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Blog, Employment Law

If you suspect that you are not receiving fair wages, you may wonder if you can talk about pay rates with your coworkers. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for some employers to prevent employees from having these conversations.

However, it is important to know that the National Labor Relations Act protects your right to discuss wages with coworkers.

Understanding the NLRA

The National Labor Relations Act safeguards the rights of employees to engage in activities like discussing pay rates with their colleagues. This law aims to ensure that employees have the freedom to communicate with each other about their working conditions, which includes salaries.

Discuss pay rates

Under the NLRA, you have the right to talk about your pay rates with your coworkers. This means you can openly share information about not only your wages but also incentives, bonuses and other compensation-related details without fear of retaliation from your employer.


While the NLRA generally supports the right to discuss pay rates, there are exceptions. For instance, employees in supervisory roles or those with access to confidential salary information may face limitations on openly discussing pay rates. Be aware of these exceptions to navigate workplace conversations effectively.

Building a supportive culture

The NLRA not only protects your right to discuss pay rates but also contributes to building a positive workplace culture. When employees can openly communicate about their working conditions, it fosters transparency and trust among coworkers.

Knowing your rights under the NLRA empowers you to have open conversations about your compensation to determine if you are being paid fairly for your work.

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