STATEMENT: CAP’s Rebecca Cokley Applauds Sen. Casey and Rep. Scott’s Bill Eliminating the Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers

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Today, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, which would eliminate the provision known as Section 14(c) in the minimum wage law that allows employers to pay disabled workers a fraction of the minimum wage. In recent years, an estimated 420,000 individuals with disabilities have been paid an average of just $2.15 an hour. The bill not only phases out Section 14(c), but also includes funding to support states and employment to transform business models to support individuals with disabilities as they transition to competitive, integrated employment and tracks their outcomes in a six-year phaseout period. Following the introduction of the bill, Rebecca Cokley, director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, released the following statement:

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