I guess the partners didn’t care or maybe because I worked so independently, while they worked closely with the legal staff, they did not pay attention to what I was paid, in spite of receiving a bi-annual list of employees with length of service, salary, and date of last raise, and in spite of me working longer hours than other employees and handling millions of dollars each month. I had to resign twice to get raises that were due me. Mismanagement, stupidity?

After my third resignation, when I actually took another job, the senior partner of the firm was overheard at a Chamber of Commerce mixer telling someone that one of the worst mistakes he made professionally was not doing everything he could to keep me.

But, honestly, not one of my clients is completely fair to all employees. Younger people with little experience are paid as much or more than those with years and years of experience, those who have to train the new employees. There is a huge amount of agism. Employees who have been around the longest, know the most, work the hardest, and bring in the most money are rarely paid as much or very slightly more than younger employees. I also see long- term, college-degreed employees who are paid the same or less than new employees with only high school educations. So wrong. So disrespectful of dedicated employees.

Honestly, it’s youth and good looks that determine income, not experience, knowledge, or education.

I hate knowing what I know.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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