Workers With Disabilities
Employers who employ workers with a disability, where their disability impairs their earning or productive capacity, may be authorized to pay those employees a subminimum wage. Employers must obtain an authorizing certificate from the Wage and Hour Division prior to paying subminimum wages to applicable employees.
Disabilities that may affect a worker include blindness, mental illness, developmental disabilities, cerebral palsy, alcoholism, and drug addiction. It’s important to note that a worker having a disability is not enough to warrant subminimum wage. The disability much be one where worker’s earning or productive capacity is impaired.