Disability Advocates Ask Sheltered Workshop Employers to Stop Paying Workers Cents an Hour

Allies from the National Disability Leadership Alliance wrote an open letter to all employers paying subminimum wageslike Bethesda Lutheran Communities, requesting requesting that they stop their programs that employ disabled workers for sub-minimum wages. Sub-minimum wage programs often pay just cents an hour and employ disabled workers in isolated settings away from their non-disabled peers.

NDLA writes, “Our goal is to repeal the antiquated policies that perpetuate the misconception that workers with disabilities do not have the capacity for productive employment and to implement enlightened policies that will help them gain the training and supports to succeed… where workers with disabilities earn at least the federal minimum wage in competitive integrated work environments.”

Read the open letter here.

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