Paul Downs, founder of Paul Downs Cabinetmakers, writes that he didn't know what to do about his three employees who did the same job but had different backgrounds and salaries, so he took the situation to NYTimes.com readers. They returned a slew of suggested solutions and got a great discussion going. In the end, however, Downs concluded that even employees who are doing substantially the same work shouldn't always get paid the same salary. "[T]he fact that I have any employees at all suggests that equalizing pay isn't the only way to retain good workers," he writes.

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