I work for a major cable company..(been employed 15 years)..I have recently found out our system is paid extremely less than other systems...even ones that are even with our demographic and same cost of living..We have even brought this to the attention of management and Hr..We were told nothing is going to change...Is this discrimination based on location??? We are not under contract or in a union..
State/Country relating to question: Tennessee
Talking with management and Human Resources...
Hello,Thank you for the information and your question. Unfortunately there is nothing unlawful in paying employees differently based on geography. Differences in pay are only unlawful if they violate an employment contract, company policy or employment discrimination laws. So, for example, if an employee was being paid less because they are a member of a protected class under employment discrimination laws, then that would be unlawful. So, unless your situation falls within one of the exceptions I mentioned, this is going to have to be one of those issues that the workers need to work with management to resolve. Which, as I understand it, they aren't feeling like they need to compromise at this time. Please let me know if you have any follow up questions.
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seems unethical to me..If i have been there for 15 years and i do not agree with the way I am treated..Can I request to be laid off with some type of severance for my 15 years of service?? I am sure this is not possible but thought I would ask...
Hello again,Well I can't speak to the motivations of the company and as you probably know there are my things that are unethical that are not in turn illegal. Unfortunate, but true. I will say though that geographic differences in pay are not unusual and fairly common. I just don't know what this company is basing their decisions on. As for asking to be laid off and then requesting severance. Unless your company has a habit of doing this, then you may be exposing yourself to possibly being terminated with no severance. In other words, if you are an "at will" employee and you indicate your willingness or desire to leave, you might just be let go just by indicating that. Severance is not required by any State or Federal law, so that issue is up to the company and their policies.
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