USCCR Releases Report on Subminimum Wage

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report, ​Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities. This report is the culmination of a year-long process of examining the 14(c) exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act to determine “its consistency with the civil rights protections to which people with disabilities are entitled.” A summary of findings and recommendations was issued in a press release.

The Commission considered evidence from a wide variety of sources, including via testimony presented at a Briefing on this topic in November 2019. APSE was one of the many organizations that participated in the briefing.

APSE is thrilled with the Commission’s conclusions and call for a phased-out end to the 14(c) program.

For a concise explanation of the issues examined, read NPR’s piece, Workers With Disabilities Can Earn Just $3.34 An Hour. Agency Says Law Needs Change (9/17/20).

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