Jake was excited when he got hired last month at Pizza Studio. He immediately put it on Snapchat. But he quickly realized that the company may not be all it’s cracked up to be.
“My friend Jensen messaged me and told me she got hired there, too,” Jake said at the Democratic National Convention. “We were excited that we’d be working together. Then we started talking and figured out that I would be making $8.25 an hour, but Jensen was only offered $8. We are the same age. We were hired for the same job on the same day. And as far as we could tell, we both had the same knowledge of pizza. So we didn’t understand why we wouldn’t be paid the same amount.
Jensen thought it was all just a mistake or a misunderstanding. How could equal pay issues happen at a pizza parlor? “I called our new boss to ask. Instead of fixing it, she fired me and Jake for talking about our wages,” Jensen said. “And she never answered my question about why I was going to be paid less. Then our story started getting out. We couldn’t believe it when Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for me and shared our story. I may have lost my job, but I’m proud that I spoke up for myself, and I’m glad that Jake stood with me. And we’re both glad that Hillary Clinton stood with us.”
“Our story isn’t just about fighting for equal pay,” Jake continued. “It’s about doing the right thing and having each other’s back. Because if we don’t do that, nothing will change.”
“It doesn’t matter how old you are,” Jensen urged. “We all need to be brave enough to speak up for ourselves and stand up for each other. That’s what this country is all about. We are stronger when we Stand Together.”
Not only has their story gone viral, not only did the Democratic nominee for president promote it, the two also just told their story on national television.
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