As we come into 2018, the country may be facing one of its biggest problem the underpayment of people with physical and mental disabilities. According to Politifact while ADA does protect employees with physical and mental disabilities, Under sector 14(c) of the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) this will allows Employers to pay under minimum wage with physical and mental disabilities. So with this information at hand how will this affect the workforce in America and the 34.9 percent of people that are affected with physical and mental disabilities.

 

With some employers  paying their workers with disabilities pennies on the dollar, some companies support equal pay across the board no matter who is doing the job they were hired to do. When asked about how he feels about equal pay for workers, A department manager at Walmart stated that he supported equal pay across the board. When asked if they also support equal pay a assistant manager from Walmart stated that she supports equal pay as well but stated that there is a “Based pay” and that it goes with the job that you were hired to do when you were employed at Walmart.

 

While some of the employers that support paying disabled workers pennies on the dollar, many companies position is that no matter what you will get equal pay.  When asked about Her position on her opinion, she stated that it would be unethical for companies that pay their disabled employees pennies on the dollar, and that they should get paid for the job that they do no matter what. When asked the same question, the department manager stated that “They are Human beings there capable of working and that no matter what they should be paid equal”.

 

When asked what his personal opinion on companies that underpay their employees that have physical and mental disabilities, He does think that it is very unethical and unprofessional that employers would do that.  When asked the same question, The assistant manager stated that she thinks its unethical and unprofessional that a company would so that, and also stated that she would question the company as a business that would to their employees, Also she stated that she thinks no matter what an employee no matter what they should get paid fairly for the job that they were hired to do.

 

With some store managers and owners that underpay their employees with disabilities, some owners and managers have put in place protections that would help employees with physical and mental disabilities. After he was asked if there were protections that would help make sure that employees with disabilities  were protected he stated that, He was not for sure but that he believes that there is a law that protects them. The assistant manager affirmed his belief and stated that employees were protected but not under the law, but rather only in store policy.

 

While some store owners and managers support this practice, some managers are not so keen on this practice and believe its highly unethical and if they were in this position would not support it at all. When asked if she were to become a store manager, and she found out that an employee with a disability was underpaid, she stated that “ we would go through ethics hotline and would go through an of investigation” but she also stated that walmart has a “job code” and that “ it initially sets your pay”. When asked the same question, the department manager stated that there may be “legal trouble” and would address the issue right away, and also stating that “they would try and compensate what they were supposed to be getting.”

 

So with this we conclude that some employers do not and will not support unfair pay in the workforce and that no matter what you should be paid fair for what the job you were hired to do. Will the U.S. Government or the Department of Labor do anything to try and stop unfair payment of physical and mental disabilities, only time will tell.   

 

Sources:

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/aug/12/tom-harkin/can-employers-actually-pay-disabled-americans-belo/?scrlybrkr=05ede4e1#

https://disabilitycompendium.org/sites/default/files/user-uploads/2016_AnnualReport.pdf

        

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