Stearns bill would eliminate low wage for disabled

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Rep. Cliff Stearns, who represents Florida’s 6th Congressional District, has proposed legislation to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act, abolishing a provision that lets employers pay less than the minimum wage to some disabled workers.

“Although the disabled have made significant progress in achieving the American dream, they still face unfairness in the workplace under a provision that allows employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage,” said Stearns, who titled his bill the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act.

Supporters of the lower wage maintain it allows employers to hire more disabled workers in jobs where they don’t have to compete with nondisabled workers. Critics maintain it simply allows employers to exploit disabled workers.

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