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November 25, 2019Advocacy Matters

Public Briefing on Subminimum Wages

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Public Briefing on Subminimum Wages

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender

November 26, 2019

#AdvocacyMatters Segment

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Public Briefing on Subminimum Wages


The United States Commission on Civil Rights held a public briefing on Subminimum Wages: Impacts on the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities on Friday, November 15, 2019.

The Commission is also seeking public comment on the impact of subminimum wages on people with disabilities. The deadline for public comment is December 15th.

The briefing was a day-long event in Washington, DC. The Commission received important information about the current state of subminimum wages, competitive integrated employment, how the existing law regarding subminimum wage came to be, the current structure of subminimum wage programs, how programs are transitioning from subminimum wage work, and recommendations for reform.

Disability Rights Pennsylvania has a link to the YouTube video that recorded the day-long event. The video has an ASL interpreter, but a transcript is not yet available.

Remarks were also provided by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge who is currently the Chair of the National Organization on Disability. Governor Ridge does support phasing out the subminimum wage.

All this information is on our website:

#AdvocacyMatters. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights welcomes submission of public comment on submission wage. The deadline to submit written comment is December 15, 2019. A link to the public notice is on our website with our #AdvocacyMatters segment. You can comment by mail or email.

Testimony of Neil Romano, Chairman, National Council on Disability