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Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

September 17, 2020

In this report, the Commission examined the exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act – the section 14(c) waiver program - which permits employers to pay less than the minimum wage to individuals with disabilities. The Commission examined federal enforcement of the civil rights of individuals within the program. The Commission further examined the program as a whole to determine its consistency with the civil rights protections to which people with disabilities are entitled. The Commission considered evidence from Members of Congress, Labor and Justice Department officials, self-advocates and workers with disabilities, family members of people with disabilities, service providers, public officials, and experts on disability employment and data analysis.

Report: Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities (PDF)

Report Press Release (PDF)

Briefings and Meetings

November 15, 2019 Briefing Agenda (PDF)

November 15, 2019 Briefing Transcript (PDF)

March 3, 2020 Virginia Site Visit Roundtable Agenda (PDF)

March 3, 2020 Virginia Site Visit Roundtable Transcript (PDF)

March 4, 2020 Vermont Site Visit Roundtable Agenda (PDF)

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Commission Advisory Committee Reports

Arizona: Subminimum Wages for Persons with Disabilities Under Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (2020) (PDF)

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   Updated: September 17, 2020