Civil Rights Commission Says Disabled Wage Should End

By Braden Campbell (September 17, 2020, 5:26 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urged the federal government Thursday to ditch a program letting employers pay disabled employees below minimum wage, saying abuse and limited oversight have harmed the workers the program was meant to help.

Far from being the stepping stone to higher-skilled work that Congress envisioned in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act's subminimum wage program has enriched participating employers and segregated more than 100,000 disabled workers into sheltered workshops, according to the commission, an independent, bipartisan agency that researches and makes recommendations on federal policy.

"Although Congress enacted the program with good intentions, the Department of...

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