posted on May, 3 2013 @ 11:39 AM
Originally posted by Covertblack
Why were these individuals even there? Was this like an asylum work program??
Yes. Basically, the states tend to run work programs for disabled people. Companies that hire these disabled workers do not have to pay them the
full federal minimum wage as per federal law (see quote below). Basically, the individuals may be living in a halfway house or in provided shelter
and that can lead to significant abuse.
Other programs that allow for payment of less than the full federal minimum wage apply to disabled workers
Similar case was filed in Oregon last year.
Between February 2010 and March 2011, the highest amount Lane earned was $53.66 for 81 hours in September 2010. The lowest was $26.82 for 66 hours in
March 2010, or approximately 40 cents an hour...The state of Oregon currently spends $30 million a year on sheltered workshops for people with
So, basically...these workers are being paid as little as $0.40 an hour (which, mind you, is a hit towards state tax revenues) in a manner which has
little benefit towards improving their quality of life and a whole lot of benefit in super cheap third world labor rates to employers. All the
while, the state of Oregon has been dishing out $30 million annually so that disabled workers in these sheltered workshops can be grossly underpaid.
Only other area that this can happen legally in the US is with student interns. Basically, college students can become interns doing actual work for
little or no pay. They get heavily pushed in the university system to do this to acquire "work experience" for when they graduate. I had a number
of friends who worked for free under some medium sized accounting firms while I was in college. So much for working your way through college, eh?