Some disabled workers making pennies per hour

I could never work for nothing.

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Outdated law allows employees to be paid much less than minimum wage

February 10, 2014|Rex Huppke | I Just Work Here

President Barack Obama’s recent promise to use an executive order to raise the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors was met with two rather different reactions.

From the right, there were howls that Obama is a lawless tyrant. (He’s not.) From the left, there were joyous cries that income inequality is finally being taken seriously. (That remains to be seen.)

But what struck me most was an issue shaken loose by the rattle of praise and condemnation. While everyone was busy yelling at one another about Obama’s proposed executive order, several groups that advocate for workers with disabilities rose up and politely said, and I’m paraphrasing: “You think that minimum wage is unfair? You ought to check this out.”

If you look at the Fair Labor Standards Act of…

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