By Hazel Cills

In 9 to 5, a worker named Maria is fired after sharing her salary and covertly wondering what a manager makes. That’s, of course, illegal and Violet makes a point of hiring back Maria. But the illegality of employers suppressing conversations about pay doesn’t keep them from trying to! A 2014 report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that half of all workers report that discussing wages is “discouraged or prohibited and/or could lead to punishment.” If only everyone could work for Violet.

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