What’s a fair wage for workers with disabilities? California bill seeks end to subminimum wages

17 May 2021

In California, unlike the majority of employees, there is no minimum wage for some disabled workers.

There are those who believe that’s a social injustice. Others contend rules allowing workers to make much less per hour provides the only way they will ever receive a paycheck.

“Every single person who works deserves to be treated with dignity and that begins with being paid at least the legal minimum wage,” state Sen. María Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, told the North Bay Business Journal.

Typically, the work being done for less is less skilled, like stuffing envelopes. Usually, the work is contracted between a nonprofit advocacy group and a client.

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