Is it legal to pay a new hire more than someone who has been employed more than 2 years and has more trainings and certifications than the new hire?

Especially while I am training the person who is getting paid more?

Asked on November 23, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Colorado


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, this is a perfectly legal action. That is so long as it is not prohibited by the terms of company policy, a union contract or an employment agreement. Also, no form of actionable discrimination or retaliation must be the reason for such treatment.
The fact is that in most employment arrangements, a company can set the terms and conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit or deems necessary. This includes how much to pay and to whom. 

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