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The Curious Institution of Subminimum Wage

Efforts to eliminate Section 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act have been on-going since its passage in 1938. This provision allows individuals with disabilities and others to be paid less than minimum wage–frequently resulting in earnings that can range anywhere from $.30 to $2.00.

Debate regarding sheltered workshops who historically have relied on Section 14c to operate has escalated following the 2012 expose on Henry’s Turkey Farm in Iowa.

The Boys in the Bunkhouse

Other media coverage includes:

Sheltered Workshops…slave labor?

Dead-end Jobs, Low Pay

 

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