[Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind Applauds Passage of Bill Prohibiting Wage Discrimination
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National Federation of the Blind
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National Federation of the Blind Applauds
Passage of Bill Prohibiting Wage Discrimination
Urges Governor Hassan to Sign Bill Repealing Minimum-Wage Exemption
for Employers of Workers with Disabilities
Concord, New Hampshire (April 15, 2015): <http://www.nfb.org/>The
National Federation of the Blind today applauded the passage of S.B.
47 by the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The bill was
unanimously passed by the New Hampshire Senate on March 5. If
Governor Hassan signs the bill, state law RSA 279:22, which
previously allowed entities to pay people with disabilities less than
the minimum wage, will be repealed. New Hampshire will be the first
state to have a law that "prohibits employers from employing
individuals with disabilities at an hourly rate lower than the
federal minimum wage."
Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind,
said: "We are delighted that New Hampshire's General Court has passed
S.B. 47, and we urge Governor Hassan to sign this landmark
legislation as soon as it reaches her desk. This legislation will
make New Hampshire a leader in rejecting the misconceptions and low
expectations that stigmatize workers with disabilities by prohibiting
wage discrimination against these workers."
About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise
the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create
obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life
you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
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