Is it Illegal For A Coworker to Discover And Disclose My Salary?

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about an employee disclosing salaries of coworkers. 

Question: A coworker of mine logged onto our Office Manager’s computer and logged on (she has access to the code) to our program that manages employee’s salaries. She then proceeded to tell other employees my salary. Is this illegal? My boss does know and says there will be consequences, yet we have not seen them yet.

Response: There are no laws about revealing salaries, but in most companies it is a rule violation that would—and should—merit serious sanctions, up to dismissal. You don’t indicate the size of your organization, but generally, the larger the company, the more severe such a violation is considered to be.

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What Should I Do About Having My Pregnancy Secret Announced?

A question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about
having a pregnancy secret disclosed by a manager.

I found out I was pregnant, and decided to disclose it to my general manager when I was about 9 weeks along. I told her in a pure honest effort to give her notice of the event.  Since I’ve been employed there I have miscarried three times. I told her the news in complete confidentiality and she was extremely aware that I did not want anyone to know until I felt it was necessary, or safe enough to do so.

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Privacy In The Workplace

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctor about confidentiality: When I asked how she knew she told me that she had stayed late last night and that the boss was complaining about my absence and told her why I was away.

I recently went to my boss with a personal issue that meant I would need to have a few days off work. I asked to speak to her in private and made it clear that it was a private matter and I had not discussed this with anyone else. A few days later another staff member approached me to let me know that she knew my situation and that she ‘was there for me’. This staff member was not someone I was particularly close to so was a bit taken aback.

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