Colorado woman loses job after sharing salary on TikTok

Colorado has taken steps to help close the gender pay gap, but a Denver woman says she was penalized for her actions with the same intentions. Lexi Larson says she was fired after publicly sharing her salary on TikTok. 

Larson has always been open about sharing her salary and budget on social media. 

She's a woman in tech, a field dominated by men. When she secured a new job taking her from $70,000 per year to $90,000 per year, she shared the news on TikTok. 

The video went viral. 

"A lot of people commented saying, 'you're just bragging, you just want people to think you make a lot of money or something like that. I was posting my salary back when I wasn't making very much at all," said Larson. "I just wanted to let people know that it's doable and it's not out of reach for the average person." 

She was fired two weeks after posting the video on TikTok, which has since been removed. 

Larson believes the post about her pay got her fired from her new job. 

"[My managers] implied that other people at the company were not paid as much. They didn't want people to know that. It was a phone call. I have no paper record of that," said Larson. 

Larson could not be fired for publicly sharing her salary because she is protected under the National Labor Relations Act, which states employees have the right to communicate with other employees at their workplace about their wages. 

Since January 2021, employers in Colorado have been required to include a salary range with their job postings. Danielson co-sponsored the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act that sparked this change. 

Larson was able to get her previous job back that paid less. 

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