Thirty years after the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities can be still legally be paid below the minimum wage. These workers with disabilities continue to face institutionalized discrimination – a national disgrace that has been codified by law under the ironically titled Fair labor Standards Act. So far only six states have ended or are in the process of phasing out subminimum wage for people with disabilities: New Hampshire, Maryland, Alaska, Texas, Oregon and Nevada.

We support the Biden’s administration’s current efforts to end subminimum wage for people with disabilities, but also urge individual states to follow the example of the states that have sought to address the injustice.

You can read a recent statement by our CEO Robert Stack on this issue here.

View more articles about how Community Options has supported policies to end Subminimum Wage.

Why South Carolina should end wage discrimination against those with disabilities

April 17, 2021 | A joint resolution filed by State Sen. Katrina Shealy last month would undo more than 80 years of wage discrimination against workers with disabilities in South Carolina. It deserves the full support of the entire legislature. If passed, the resolution would prohibit use of Section 14(c) of the ironically titled…

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Why can companies pay those with disabilities less when they do the same work as others?

February 09, 2021 | The Raise the Wage Act, recently introduced to Congress, will spark another debate about raising the national minimum wage. But it also shines a light on wage discrimination against people with disabilities, something New Jersey has failed to address. New Jersey is one of a handful of states that have…

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Report that President Biden will End Wage Discrimination for People with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities: Statement by Robert Stack, CEO of Community Options

January 19, 2021 | Report that President Biden will End Wage Discrimination for People with Intellectual and Cognitive Disabilities: Statement by Robert Stack, CEO of Community Options Princeton, NJ – January 19, 2021 – Following reports that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will seek to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour for all workers, including workers…

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Celebrating how the Americans with Disabilities Act changed life

July 23, 2020 | Thirty years ago on July 26, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was one of the most significant breakthroughs in history for persons with disabilities since President John F. Kennedy publicly admitted that his sister was born with intellectual disabilities creating a presidential committee…

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Community Options New York Receives $1.5 million Grant to Support Students with Disabilities

August 23, 2019 | Press Release.pdf BINGHAMTON, NY – Community Options New York, Inc. was announced as a recipient of a $1.5 million grant from the New York State Education Department to provide Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to over 1200 students with disabilities over the next five years. Service implementation of the grant will begin…

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What To Consider When Employing People With Disabilities

President Trump kicked off his re-election campaign last month with a list of accomplishments, from the market rebound to unemployment being “the lowest it has been in 51 years.” According to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article, “With unemployment at a low, fewer people are looking for jobs. Many employers are having a…

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Opinion: Everyone’s entitled to a fair wage. That includes people with disabilities

June 24, 2019 | Austin American Statesman Governor Greg Abbott has no pity for persons with disabilities. Paradoxically, he is the only governor in the United States who has to use a wheelchair. Thirty-five years ago, while he was out for a run, an oak tree cracked and landed on him. Governor Abbott never wanted…

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Vaseful training workers for traditional jobs at traditional pay

NJBIZ article | By Brett Johnson | April 20, 2015 | Article.jpg | Article.pdf Expect to see a striking pink sign signaling Vaseful’s presence when driving along Route 1 in Edison. But don’t expect to see anything announcing that the flower store is staffed almost completely with people with autism and other intellectual disabilities. Robert…

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Business With A Social Purpose

MERCER BUSINESS article – July 2010 NON-PROFIT PROFILE | COMMUNITY OPTIONS Business With A Social Purpose For more than 20 years, Community Options has helped people with developmental disabilities find housing and employment. Community Options, Inc. (COI) began around the kitchen table of Founder and current President and CEO, Robert Stack. The organization is located…

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