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Ending subminimum wages for workers with disabilities passes

During Mat Rice’s time as a student at the Maryland School for the Blind, the disability advocate said he would work at a place openly referred to as “the workshop.”

Rice, who has spastic cerebral palsy and is legally blind, said he would crush cans and shred paper when in the workshop. Each day, he said, he received a piece rate wage based on the amount of cans and paper he would get through, earning about 10 cents a piece and “definitely” falling below federal minimum wage of of $7.25 an hour.

At first, Rice thought the practice was confined solely to the school. But once Rice started working with disability rights groups, he said, he soon learned it was legal for many institutions to pay their workers with disabilities a subminimum wage.

See the full article from the Maryland Reporter.


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