A recent online article reported that two seventeen-year-old employees were fired from a Kansas City pizza joint for talking about their pay rates. Both were new employees with the same experience, and the female employee discovered she was earning $0.25/hour less than her male co-worker. When she contacted her employer for an explanation, she was fired for discussing wages with a co-worker, as was the male co-worker. The employer advised that discussing pay was against employer policy, even though both employees stated that such policy was never disclosed to them.
We've made a fair amount of noise about the generational differences in today's workplaces. There are four generations of workers in the labour market, each with different expectations and methods of work. But in most workplaces, regardless of workers' ages and attitudes, there is one constant: they all use the same computers. Today's computers might be versatile enough to support various working styles, but are workers—young and old—adaptable enough to use them efficiently?
The question of whether an employer should give reasons at the time of dismissal is an important one in employment law...