Friday, December 27, 2013
Goodwill Industries And The Law
Probably nobody would pay attention to those numbers if Goodwill were not exploiting over 7,000 disabled workers nationwide. By using Section 14C of the Federal labor laws, a loophole created during the Depression, Goodwill can pay thousands of disabled workers at subminimum wage. It's perfectly legal. Some workers make as little as $.22 an hour. Goodwill argues that wages are constantly audited and are tied to productivity; the most severely disabled workers are the least productive and are paid the least. Goodwill further argues that without the wage exemption these disabled people would not have jobs at all.
That's probably true, but why is it that there are no productivity standards for those making minimum wage? If Goodwill can pay the six figure salaries it pays at the CEO level I would think they could pay at least minimum wage to their disabled employees. Did I mention that Goodwill also doesn't pay any taxes? Congress could fix this, but as usual, has chosen to do nothing.