Imagine your job posting being posted.

Imagine this: You’re scrolling through LinkedIn and notice a job posting for the same role you’re currently doing as a contractor.

It’s pretty clear what happened to Kimberly Nguyen, a New York City UX (user experience) writer who works for Citibank.

For the past 6 months as a contractor through Photon, a UK based IT services and consulting company. New York’s Pay Transparency Act requires employers to provide a salary range for open positions. That’s how Nguyen, who earns $85,000 a year as a contract employee, learned. Citi was offering UX copywriter staff between $117,200 and $175,800 annually. Doing the same work she does now as a contractor.

It was an unpleasant surprise. “I was really upset by the huge pay gap,” her 25-year-old girlfriend Nguyen told MarketWatch in an email. “But I also really appreciate that the Pay Transparency Act allowed me to see that information, because I knew I wasn’t really valued.”

Please note that Citi positions advertised on Linkedin are full-time UX copywriters with 5 to 8 years of experience. A Citi spokesperson told his MarketWatch. Nguyen is one of his 90 Photon employees currently serving Citi. project contract. The banking giant will pay Photon a market-competitive rate for its services, but Photon will be responsible for negotiating the contractor’s rates.

Photon was not immediately reached for comment.

“I have always been a strong supporter of the Pay Transparency Act. No. They published the number.

— Kimberly Nguyen

Nguyen says he spent some time trying to negotiate a raise after researching what UX writers were making in New York City. he is making now ”

She said the City manager was supportive, but as already mentioned her payment was processed by Photon and was unresponsive. “It’s a strange no man’s land for me to come to Citi and do all my work there, but Photon is the one who handles my benefits and payroll,” she explained. but was told that the ultimate goal is to convert everyone to full-time Citibank employees.”

Nguyen said he sent the data he found about UX writer salaries to Photon and “actually requested a lower than market rate to follow.” “They had me go through this entire performance review process and pushed back the date I said I would be contacted.

Especially now that she’s the latest poster for pay transparency.

Nguyen vented his frustrations in a Twitter thread late Tuesday afternoon. “My company posted a job posting on LinkedIn for the job I’m currently doing…and now, thanks to the Pay Transparency Act, they’re giving this person $32K more than they’re currently paying me.” Turns out I was going to pay $90K more,” she tweeted..”So I applied.”

And her experience resonated with people on Twitter — perhaps in part because this conversation about pay equality and knowing your worth in the workplace came just in time for International Women’s Day on Wednesday. Same pay day on March 15th is also one week away. So her thread went viral, and before she knew it, a journalist had reached out to her and her company, wanting to know the full story.

“Honestly, I expected crickets,” she told MarketWatch. “People complain on the internet every day, but it doesn’t go viral. I think, but I’m surprised at how viral the tweet has become.”

She believes her experience resonates. Because “the work environment in America is changing and young people are really leading the way,” she said. “We ask employers to dream of more than just doing the bare minimum for their employees. Our motto really is ‘could be better’.” ”

“The American work environment is changing, and young people are really taking the lead. We are asking employers to dream of doing more than the bare minimum for their employees.” .”

— Kimberly Nguyen

But wait. We have others, too.

According to Nguyen, her employer later told her and other contracted UX writers that the job listing was supposed to be an internal posting and was not intended for external candidates to apply. Converting,” she tweeted. “But that doesn’t fix the fact that someone inside is still trying to make her $32,000 more than she does.”

Several states currently include California, Colorado, New York, and Washington Requiring employers to post salary ranges on job postings to increase salary transparencyDisclosing potential salaries up front, rather than hiding them behind phrases like “competitive salaries,” can help reduce gender and race pay gaps by showing people the value of a job, It should help promote pay equity.

A Citi rep added that Citi has been displaying salary ranges on all U.S. job postings since mid-October, and that in some U.S. markets, job listings have been marked with He said he often exceeded salary transparency requirements.

read more: Employers in these two states now post salary ranges in their job postings. Increased wage transparency for millions of workers.

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Unequal pay remains a persistent problem in the United States, where women earned an average of just 82 cents for every dollar men made last year. This is depressingly close to the gender pay gap of her 20 years ago, when a woman was earning her 80 cents for her dollar.

And the pay gap is exacerbated by race. A black woman earned only 70% of what a white man did last year, and a Hispanic woman earned 65% of what she did. Differences in experience, education and access all come into play here, too, but Pew Research Center says: evidence of employment discrimination Opposing a particular race or ethnic group also shuts out workers from opportunities to advance in their careers and make more money.

read more: International Women’s Day: The gender pay gap in the United States has changed little over the past 20 years. why not?

But now, at least 1 in 5 Americans I live in a state that requires payroll transparency. That should help with the pay gap, right?

Nguyen’s experience with Photon has made her question how effective these policies are, and she appreciates them. She said her company held a meeting with her and her other UX writers to discuss the situation. “No one gets a raise. No one gets anything,” she tweeted. “Salary transparency for what?”

But she’s still grateful that the law exists. told MarketWatch. “And now I’m an even stronger advocate, because now that’s the word for my company itself. There’s no need to make up a number. They’ve made that number public.”

Nguyen added that her company is said to be currently talking about possible layoffs, and tweeted that it is officially looking for a UX writing role elsewhere.

She told MarketWatch on Wednesday night: [my workplace] Called me just 30 minutes ago to fire me. But I couldn’t pick it up. By Thursday morning, I still hadn’t heard back from her.

Nguyen hopes to use his 15 minutes of fame for his new position. But she admits.

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