National Federation of the Blind Applauds Resolution to Phase Out Section 14(c) of Fair Labor Standards Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) commented today on California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez's recently introduced resolution that, if passed, will encourage Congress to phase out and eventually repeal Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. This antiquated provision, written in 1938, allows entities to pay people with disabilities wages less than the federal minimum.


Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: "Assemblywoman Gonzalez's courageous action today is a great step in the right direction for the California Assembly. The National Federation of the Blind commends Assemblywoman Gonzalez for recognizing the value of workers with disabilities and encouraging Congress to repeal this antiquated law.  We urge the California Assembly to finish the work Assemblywoman Gonzalez has started by passing AJR 36.  We hope that other states will follow California's lead and introduce similar resolutions in their state legislatures."

About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful. 

SOURCE National Federation of the Blind


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