“My partner and I met at college in our program, therefore we now both practice as physiotherapy assistants in different clinics. I was recently looking to leave my place of employment and asked him if his clinic coordinator had any open positions available. Lo and behold, there was! It was at their Peterborough location, which we didn’t mind because we were looking to move. Anyway, I went to the clinic, had a “working” interview where I spoke to the clinic coordinator and worked with the physiotherapist at the clinic. I liked them and they seemed to like me. So, I went home and awaited their call.
I was so happy when they called to offer me the position. I knew the compensation would be a little less than I was currently making because I knew what my partner made, but I didn’t mind because I liked my potential co-workers.
Then he told me my compensation.
I was speechless for a few seconds. But then I got my voice. He, the clinic coordinator, was offering me less than what my partner made at their clinic. So, I explained to him that I have the same qualifications as my partner, and I also have more experience in clinics that he does since I have been working in one for 7 months, so why was I getting paid less? I know my partner had to negotiate a higher wage at this clinic, so I attempted to do the same with these points. The difference was he got a higher wage, and I wasn’t given a choice. I declined the offer.
In our field, a lot of us get discouraged because of the lack of consistent pay. And now I must worry about the fact that I am a woman, and male employers will think they can get away with offering us less compensation because “we won’t argue as much” as our male counterparts. It’s easy to bring to everyone’s attention when a male co-worker is making lewd comments towards you, but when the employer is so much subtler regarding their sexism, everyone just thinks you’re sensitive or picky. And when there’s no one higher up to report them to, what do you do then?
I’m Worth the Same as You”