Seyfarth Synopsis. Responding to inquiries regarding your company’s stance on pay equity can be dicey. Having a strategy on how you address questions is important.
Every time a client asks “what do I say” in response to employee inquiries about what the client’s company is doing to ensure fair pay, Justin Bieber’s song “What do you Mean” starts playing in my head as “What do I Say.” Luckily, while I am certainly not a Belieber, I find the song catchy rather than annoying, and appropriately thought-provoking.
It is a tricky question. I don’t think any company – at least not any of our clients (!) – would argue with the importance of treating all employees equally and paying them fairly. But when an employee, or group of employees, ask pointed questions such as:
Has the company analyzed pay equity amongst employees or different genders (or any other protected group)?
If not, is there a plan to do so?
If so, can the results be shared?
Do we have any information on what other companies in our industry are doing on this front?