A Woman Applied For Her Own Job After Seeing It Listed At $30K More & The Response Is Wild

She's now looking for a new job!

Associate Editor, Global
A woman working on a laptop.

A woman working on a laptop.

A woman is receiving a wave of support online after expressing frustration with her employer about being underpaid for her position, which she recently saw listed on LinkedIn at well above her salary.

Kimberly Nguyen tweeted that her company had posted a job for basically the same position she's currently doing, but for much higher pay, so she decided to apply for the new role and things quickly spiralled from there.

On March 7, Nguyen tweeted that her company posted a job on LinkedIn for another UX writer, which is her current role.

A UX writer plans and writes the "microcopy in apps, websites, and other digital products users need to navigate a product," according to Coursera.

The New York City woman noted that "thanks to salary transparency laws" she said that the company intended to pay this person $32,000 to $90,000 more than what she is making so she decided to apply.

In a series of follow-up tweets, Nguyen continued to express frustration saying she doesn't want to "hear one more peep out of them about diversity, equity, and inclusion." She didn't name her employer but she did call out her bosses in the thread.

"I don’t wanna see any more of our C-suite execs recommend books for women’s history month. There were tangible actions they could’ve taken and they chose to perform these values. No thank you," she wrote on Twitter.

Nguyen goes on to explain she's argued for months about pay inequity and even told her managers on multiple occasions that she is aware that she's underpaid.

"I have gotten the runaround, and they know they can do this right now in a tough labor market," she added.

She posted a string of updates on March 8, which also happens to be International Women's Day, and her responses only triggered more outrage about pay equality in the workplace.

She says her employer took the LinkedIn job posting down before clarifying they re-posted it as a separate job posting.

"They're saying it was an internal posting and wasn't meant for anyone to apply to externally because public companies legally have to post jobs even if it's an internal conversion...but that doesn't solve the fact that someone internally is now still going to make $32k+ more???" she tweeted.

Nguyen then shared the company threatened possible layoffs, in what she referred to as a scare tactic to get people to stay quiet.

The woman then expressed she was officially looking for a new job.

In a few replies to the tweets she's been getting, Nguyen says she hopes to hear from the recruiters about the new job so she can find out more about what's going on.

She also noted that she scheduled an emergency meeting with other "underpaid UX writers" so they can all talk about it.

The woman's tweets have clearly struck a nerve with a lot of people and garnered over 5.4 million views in less than 24 hours.

Many people are applauding Nguyen for her actions and said they loved seeing her standing up for herself on International Women's Day.

"I’m joining your fan club! That was a boss move!!" one comment read and included a women's day hashtag.

"Girlfriend, u need2 go full throttle public w/your story immediately! Timing is perfect! Tv interviews, radio, print…all of it! U R proof why transparency in salaries is vital2 stop discrimination of all categories, not just women," another user replied.

"That sucks there was money left on the table, but now you have some pretty solid data to go get yourself a raise!!!" one account tweeted, while another said, "I find it incredible the large pay gap. So looking for 1 writer and they decide if a person is worth 32k or 90k."

Nguyen is not only receiving praise, but she's also getting job advice about openings across the globe in the comments of her tweets.

In her more recent online messages on Wednesday afternoon, Nguyen said her original tweet was her "whining" in her little corner of the internet and didn't expect it to resonate with so many people.

It's unclear what company Nguyen works for, but she asks that people not harass her employer if they somehow find out.

"Y’all, pay equity and transparency are hills I am willing to die on, but I also have to pay my rent and eat."

"Better actions to take: call your elected officials to get salary transparency laws enacted in your state. Support legislation that protects workers. Talk about your salary!" she continued.

Narcity has reached out to Nguyen for comment and we will update the story accordingly should we hear back.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Asymina Kantorowicz
Associate Editor, Global
Asymina Kantorowicz is an Associate Editor for Narcity’s Global Desk focused on celebrity and health news and is based in Victoria, British Columbia.
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