Are you facing unequal pay at your workplace? Follow along with experienced organizer Samantha Demby for tips to create your own GetFrank campaign and tackle pay equity in your workplace.
It’s time for [Company] to invest in a fair future by paying employees based on merit, regardless of racial or gender identity.
[Company] is emerging as a leading innovator in the online apparel market. Increasingly, many of the employees powering this success are women and people of color, reflecting the growing diversity of the industry. Yet [Company] isn’t valuing the contributions of these employees equally.
According to a recent pay audit, women and people of color overwhelmingly occupy the lowest-earning positions at [Company] . On average, these employees earn just 70 cents for every dollar earned by white men performing the same duties. This comes as little surprise, since management approves external hires of white, male candidates far more often than it promotes women and people of color who are performing highly within the company.
We commend [Company] leadership for taking significant steps in the right direction. The workforce has become more diverse, and the company has published strong statements in support of movements for justice and equality, such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. But it’s time for [Company] to put its money where its mouth is and invest in the women and people of color who represent a growing portion of the company’s labor.
The pay discrimination that persists is not only unfair and illegal. It’s also bad for business. Studies show that effective pay equity mechanisms boost employee morale, increase retention and productivity and improve overall performance metrics. In fact, companies in the top quartile for diversity are 25 percent more likely to have financial returns that exceed national industry medians. In contrast, unequal compensation creates a culture of apathy and distrust, stifling the dynamic collaboration that is key to [Company] ’s success. In short, closing the pay gap won’t undermine the employees who have been earning more. On the contrary, it will motivate our entire team to continue growing [Company] ’s brand for years to come.
It’s time for [Company] to invest in a more equitable future that reflects the values of a new generation of customers. It’s time for [Company] to adopt the only right way of compensating employees—according to experience, skills and performance.
We’re ready to grow this campaign until [Company] meets our demands. Here are the steps we’re taking to make it happen:
Want to learn more about pay equity at your company and beyond? These resources are a great place to start:
Platforms like Payscale, Glassdoor, Fairygodboss and Career Contessa offer salary databases by company, industry, skills and education.
Tips on How to Approach Suspected Pay Inequity – Talking points from job and recruiting site Glassdoor.
How to Organize Your Workplace Without Getting Caught – Tips about how to improve digital security while organizing in a corporate context. From journalists at Vice.
The 2020 State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace – A report focused on the tech industry by career marketplace company Hired.
“In The Gap” – A podcast about the pay gap experienced by Black women in the US. From media outlet In These Times.