Re: Been there, did something slightly different...
Glad you did the right thing.
But sadly we live in a world where "fairness" is not understood correctly. We think it's "fair" to have the same, so that means giving everyone 7 goats to take home to eat tonight?
Yeah, everyone is the same, but everyone's circumstances are different! I was strangely often on a little more than most in the jobs I dropped/walked into, as companies had a strange habit of paying new recruits more than existing and experienced staff (though they often got massive benefits I did not, as I could not be grandfathered in).
I'd have been happy to be matched to their pay, or visa versa, and saw no need to insist I was "right", above others, even if I were to find out they were on more than me. Sorry to hear they gave you trouble for it.
I wonder what their response would have been should the option to reduce pay been their "ok, we will level the field, by reducing all pay". Would they have shown symphony, or thrown their colleague "under a bus" so to speak. :(