Can an employer owner discuss the wages of an employee with another employee without the knowledge and consent of the employee in question?

The owner of the companythat I work for was telling his friend and another employee how much I make.

Asked on August 12, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If there is no confidentiality agreement between you and the company, or unequivocal confidentiality policy in regards to wages in effect at the company, then yes, the owner may do this. Absent a contract or firm policy, the law does not make wages, salary, etc. confidential, and an employer could elect to discuss an employee's wages with anyone at all.

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