Coworkers talk. And I am a firm believer that this is a good thing. It’s your right to keep your salary to yourself, but I think there isn’t anything wrong with sharing how much you make with fellow coworkers. Companies should have to deal with the repercussions of giving one employee way more than another, despite them both having the same qualifications. In this oh-too-familiar case, OP found out that they were making a whopping 16 THOUSAND dollars less than one of their coworkers, who was working at the company for half the time they were. OP was employed for three years, whereas this coworker was only there for one and a half.
Now, OP wasn’t mad that this coworker was making cash… rather, that they weren’t making the same amount. Moreover, OP had asked for a raise multiple times after receiving their performance review, which was excellent. So what was with the holdup? This other coworker also asked for a raise, and got a stipend while they waited for HR to ‘sort things out’.
What are you going to do in such a situation? Reddit has all the answers, per usual. Scroll down to read OP’s entire, detailed description of what was going on, and then the replies that followed. Next, a landlord who lost a lot of money after refusing to pay his tenant’s parking ticket after he gave him an expired permit.