AARP to Congress: Stop Allowing Disabled Workers to Earn Less Than Minimum Wage

En español | We wrote to lawmakers in the House and Senate this week announcing our support for a bipartisan bill that would close a loophole that allows some workers with disabilities to receive less than the federal minimum wage.

Under current law, businesses and entities that get a certificate from government regulators can pay workers with certain disabilities, including people who are blind or have cerebral palsy, less than the federal minimum wage, impacting tens of thousands of workers across the country.

Among the more than 10 million Americans age 65 and older who were employed last year, 1 in 10 had a disability. More than half of the nearly 30 million people with disabilities in the U.S. are at least age 65, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"People with disabilities should not be treated differently or be paid less than non-disabled employees," Bill Sweeney, senior vice president for government affairs at AARP, wrote in a letter to lawmakers endorsing a bill that would phase out the government certificates over the course of five years.

Read our letter to lawmakers.

Get Our Daily Newsletter

Start each day with The Daily newsletter for the latest in health, money and jobs — and updates on how we're fighting for you.