I know an HR dude at my work. It is his job to pay people as little as possible when they come on board. It is the employees job to get paid as much as possible when the accept the position. This situation is described as a ‘negotiation.’
Some people are better at it than others. For example, my HR friend says that in general women are more likely to take less money than men. Is this a confidence thing? Is this a value thing. Is it a societal thing? Who knows? The fact is, women ‘blink’ before men do during negotiations. My HR friend says its his job to negotiate on behalf of the company. What’s he supposed to do if women don’t negotiate as well?
I suppose you could argue the women should just get paid what men do regardless of the negotiating skills.
My point here is that part of making money is knowing what you’re worth and accepting nothing less. My wife is an excellent negotiator...much better than me. She reads all the books, comes to such meetings prepared and confident.
All people (of all color and all races) deserve to be paid fairly. No one argues this. Part of being paid fairly is knowing what you are worth. These are my comments
With my last couple of places, my HR does a "equity check" to make sure the offer is not too low.
Not political correctness on their part, but they've been burned by EEOC before.