The words we use to talk about the gender pay gap

“Pay secrecy is one of the things that contributes to pay discrimination and the wage gap,” says Maya Raghu, director of workplace equality and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center. “This is when you’re in a job and your employer is saying, ‘You can’t ask about wages, you can’t disclose them to each other and if you do you will be penalized,’ — and many times the penalties include being fired.”