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.

Op-Ed: Texas must do more to end Wage Discrimination against People with Disabilities

April 6, 2021 | Online article In 2019, Governor Abbot signed legislation banning employers from paying people with disabilities subminimum wages. It’s a well-intended law that puts Texas ahead…

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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…

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Your View: It’s time to stop exploiting people with disabilities

February 08, 2021 | Online article For more than 80 years, the ironically titled Fair Labor Standards Act has institutionalized discrimination against people with disabilities in the workforce. The…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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