No, that's not a typo. Here, in America, they are paying disabled workers 3-4 cents per hour.
I used to donate to Goodwill, but they've just lost all of my good will.
The previous story, which I had missed, found that because of a legal loophole, they had been paying some workers 22 cents/hour, cutting some of the miserable lower-than-federal-limit wages after they felt their stores weren't profitable enough.
[quote]Section 14 (c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was passed in 1938, allows employers to obtain special minimum wage certificates from the Department of Labor. The certificates give employers the right to [b]pay disabled workers according to their abilities, with no bottom limit to the wage.[/b][/quote]
And you may be sure that the ones getting the lowest pay are the mentally disabled, who need this kind of job so that they can apply for jobs in grocery stores or other locations where their willingness to do jobs that other workers resent is useful.
Meanwhile, the executives earn six figure salaries.
I am sadly not surprised to find my state, Texas, among the culprits:
[quote]According to Department of Labor filings acquired via the Freedom of Information Act, two Goodwill franchises in Fort Worth, Texas paid 51 employees less than 10 cents an hour in 2011, with 14 earning just four cents an hour for tasks described as “assembly.”[/quote]
I frankly think that the ones who determined that these people were worth three cents per hour should be set to work doing "assembly" and be paid four cents an hour.
...and even then, I feel that's overpayment.