Before finding that out, I had endless meetings with management asking for a pay increase nearly on a weekly basis. I was taking on new projects and tasks and became the point person for two high-risk systems so I (rightfully) thought that I should probably get paid a little more since I’m taking on all this extra work.
The constant asking, checking and practising speeches was embarrassing and defeating. Eventually they offered me a $2,000 pay increase. Never wanting to go through that process again, I accepted. It was a few days later when I found out that my colleague (who was now doing less than I was) was earning $10K more this entire time.
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Luckily I had dinner that night with some close friends so I could vent about it.
"She’s being paid $10K more than me," I told them the minute I sat down.
"Ugh that’s so bad."
"You definitely have to take it up with your manager."
"How is that even legal?"
"You should quit!" (the last few quotes came out around our third glass of wine).