But “disparity” doesn’t always signify an instance of discrimination, according to Ariane Hegewisch, study director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “Pay disparity can also be a kindergarten teacher earns $27,000 a year and a person working as a financial adviser in a bank earns $500,000.”

Pay secrecy

According to a survey from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, 51% of women reported ” the discussion of wage and salary information is either discouraged or prohibited.” This is pay secrecy at work — the practice that discourages — or outright forbids — talking about pay or discussing compensation with your colleagues.

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