So in last December, we got a new guy in our workgroup. He's the son of someone else in the company, nobody high level, and we pretty much got told "Yea here's this 19 year old kid, we know you've been asking for help lately." So we have him some simple things to do, not expecting a whole lot.
Turns out this guy is a quick study. He competently handled the early tasks we gave him, and showed himself ready to learn more. We gave him other responsibilities, to the point where he's filling the same role that I've held here the last few months. He's always ready to help with stuff, asks for direction when he encounters things he hasn't experienced...he's really become a strong team member.
This whole time, he's been doing so under an "administrative assistant" title, which is what he started as since we really had no clue how to handle him at first, or even that we were getting him on our team. Today, he finally got his promotion to the same position that I have now.
He's making almost 15K less than when I started at this company two years ago.
HR told him this was because he doesn't have a degree yet. Which to me, doesn't make sense as he's already been doing this job for at least three months, depending on what qualities some people consider as fully performing at this position. He's at least three semesters away from getting his Associate's Degree. Also, HR wouldn't put in writing that he'd get a matching bump when he finished that degree, although we are now getting into hearsay territory.
I want to help him, because he deserves equal pay for equal work. How can I do that? Is it customary for companies to dock pay that much because you don't have a degree that isn't even relevant to the work field you're currently in? (Mortgage servicing, if it helps)