One of the most shameful employment practices in the US is companies paying workers wit disabilities pennies an hour. In Texas, however, employers can no longer engage in such exploitation.
“Texas workers with disabilities will now earn at least minimum wage thanks to Senate Bill 753, a bill that was passed by the Legislature in May.
Blake Pyron of Sanger helped make it official.
Last Friday, the 23-year-old who has Down syndrome, joined Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, R-Pilot Point, for the bill signing.
Blake Pyron’s mother, Mary Ann Pyron, said she and her son have spent countless hours lobbying for fair wages for people with disabilities. Together, they’ve traveled multiple times to Austin and Washington, D.C., to petition lawmakers to revoke Section 14(c) of 1938’s Fair Labor Standards Act. The disputed section allows employers to pay disabled workers less than the federal minimum wage.
‘As Texans, we brag about our strong economy and how well people are paid,’ Mary Ann Pyron said. ‘We want that to include everyone.'”
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