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Legislation Could Outlaw Subminimum Wage For Workers With Disabilities

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Clockwise from top left: Wesley Witherspoon, Shawn Kennemer, John Bolle and Vivian Haun

Since 1938, employers in California have been able to apply for a certificate that allows them to pay employees with disabilities less than minimum wage - in some cases as little as $2 an hour. Some say the program, called 14(c), creates opportunities for people who otherwise could not find employment. Others say it is exploitative, and a state bill has been introduced to end the practice. To learn more, Valley Edition host Kathleen Schock spoke with Wesley Witherspoon, chair of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Vivian Haun, senior attorney with Disability Rights California, John Bolle, executive director of VistAbility and Shawn Kennemer, executive director of Bakersfield ARC.

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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