In Wisconsin and across the nation, NBC aired a journalistic show about Goodwill and their practice of hiring employees with disabilities so they can pay them wages at a fraction of the federal minimum allowed. Many people don't realize the seriousness of employee discrimination, especially when it comes to the disabled. Sheltered workshops are an outdated practice where companies exclusively hire disabled employees at reduced wages.
Non-profits are compensated more highly for running sheltered workshops at their facilities instead of working with the disabled to help them learn competitive skills. A vicious cycle ensues where the agencies that should be helping the disabled the most instead benefit from them remaining in the sheltered workshops. Like other companies, they are struggling to keep their businesses afloat and pay their bills.
The business owner thinks that legislators should design incentives to pay these same non-profits to come up with competitive employment options. These options need to be current so that the disabled can move forward in their lives with prospects for a more hopeful future.
An employee who receives less-than-minimum wage from their company could need to seek legal recourse. An employment law attorney might be able to help clients file a lawsuit against their employer.
Source: Forbes, "The Subminimum Wage Issue", Judy Owen, July 08, 2013