Same pay as new hire

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Same pay as new hire

I work for a non-profit organization and I support someone in their home who has a disability. I started with $11 an hour and after my 90 day period got a raise of $1.40. I recently found out on social media that my job is willing to pay new hires a $600

bonus and as much as $15 an hour for the same position. When I asked about this they said they were desperate for new hires. I find this unfair and want to get legal advice.

Asked on February 20, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Washington


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Does not paying you as much as a new hire violate the terms of an employment contract or collective bargaining/union agreement? Does it constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination (i.e. is your treatment due to your race, religion, disability, age (over 40), national origin, etc.)? If not then, your employer is free to set the conditions of your employment much as it sees fit. This includes what to pay exisiting versus new hires. If this is unacceptable to you, you can continue to complain but risk termination or quit. As an "at will" employee those are your only options.

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