Release Date: 
Monday, February 24, 2014
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

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

Sacramento, California (February 24, 2014): 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.”