Can you recall a time when you found out that you were earning more (or less) than your peers? Was the difference in pay justifiable?
And if not, why do such discrepancies exist?
I’ve been on both sides and I don’t have a good explanation other than bureaucracy. People generally expect their pay to be based on their level of experience and that is true for the most part, but that can very easily change. For example, if you ask your supervisor for a lower raise compared to a colleague with the experience as you, you’re obviously going to get lower pay.
One of the reasons why the gender wage gap exist in the US is because women are afraid to ask for higher pay. I believe that when men ask for a raise, they are looking out for themselves. Whereas when women ask for a raise, they are looking out for other people, or being “considerate” of others before themselves.