Asking about, discussing, or disclosing pay
You have the right to be treated equally.
If you work for a Federal contractor or subcontractor, your employer must not discriminate against you because you have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed your compensation or that of others, subject to certain limitations.
You have the right to complain about discrimination, file a complaint of discrimination, participate in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit, or oppose discrimination without being retaliated against.
Examples of discrimination
In general, this means that you cannot be:
- rejected for a job or promotion,
- given lesser assignments,
- forced to take leave, or
- otherwise disciplined
if you discuss, disclose, or ask questions about compensation.
Questions? We’re here to help.
We are committed to helping you understand your rights as a worker. Many questions about your rights may be answered by using the following elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors:
For assistance, please contact the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP):
- 1-800-397-6251 (TTY 1-877-889-5627)
- OFCCP Help Desk
Learn about filing a complaint
We’ll help you decide what to do next and determine whether filing a complaint is the best course of action. You must file a complaint within a certain timeframe to take further legal action, so it is best to begin the process early.
Please note that it is illegal for your employer to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise retaliate against you for reporting an issue to the OFCCP.File with OFCCP