Congressman Harper said: “Section 14 (c) of the FLSA, enacted out of ignorance about the true capacity of people with disabilities, currently prevents over 300,000 people with disabilities from gaining access to work and training environments that have been proven to be more cost effective and to produce more competitive integrated work outcomes. Subminimum-wage work is just an expression of low expectations that instills a false sense of incapacity in individuals, who could become competitively employed with proper training and support.”
In addition, certain maintenance workers and security guards who have a disability can also get below the federal standard of $7.25 an hour, and below the state requirement of $8.25 for businesses with four or more employees. Susan Aarup, DAWWN co-chair, said, “Disabled people who work at sheltered workshops doing piecemeal labor can legally receive as little as two to four dollars a day. The proposed bill, H.R. 831, will end years of wage discrimination against disabled workers.”
DAWWN is a grassroots group of people with disabilities that advocates for the Human Right to Work. DAWWN provides a VOICE for all people with disabilities interested in improving access to good paying jobs, job training and broader social justice. DAWWN is an advocacy group of Access Living.
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