June 18, 2012
GoodWill Under Fire for Payment Discrimination
A cross-country organization is demanding a standoff against the Goodwill Company for paying those with physical/mental challenges less than standard amounts. Representatives from the National Federation for the Blind allegedly paid workers with sight impairments $1.44 an hr. This documentation was discovered after it was detailed that the non-profit agency was known for re-shelving household items.
“We are calling upon all Americans to refuse to do business with Goodwill Industries, to refuse to make donations to the subminimum wage exploiter and to refuse to shop in its retail stores until it exercises true leadership and sound moral judgment by fairly compensating its workers with disabilities,” said Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind.
Current Goodwill policies are considered by activists to be definitely prejudicial. Under present law, companies are required to pay people with physical/mental challenges $7.25 an hr. This organization also states the companies requirements exceed time limits.
Goodwill representatives state that they pay 64 of their 165 employees with serious physical/mental challenges below standard earnings. However, they also state those employees receive $7.47 an hr.