Can my boss fire me or write me up for talking to other employees about my pay?
However, it is important to make something clear about this. If you are discussing your pay with co-workers in a way that violates some other legitimate disciplinary rule at work you may be disciplined for that other reason even though you were invoking your rights under the National Labor Relations Act. For example, if you are having the conversation during working hours while you are supposed to be doing something else, you likely could be disciplined for insubordination or poor work performance for not doing your work. On the other hand, if employees commonly stand around talking while they are on the clock, especially if there is down time where no work is available, an employer cannot chose to only discipline people talking about their pay and not people talking about their weekend plans or their kids. Similarly, if your employer disciplined you and somebody for talking about their kids, they cannot discipline you more harshly than the other person without some other legitimate reason, such as it is your third write up for poor performance.
If you believe your employer has improperly disciplined you for discussing working conditions or pay with your co-workers you should contact my office to discuss your situation.