How Everyone Knew My Salary

"Just so you know, anyone can look up your salary on the Sacramento Bee's website."

These were among the first words that the HR representative at my first job out of college said to me. As a new employee of the University of California San Francisco, I had become a state worker. And now, anyone could access my salary using the Sacramento Bee's website, which had gained access to all state salaries with an open records request.

What I had been told was true — for the most part.

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