National Federation of the Blind Applauds Passage of Bill Prohibiting Wage Discrimination

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Urges Governor Hassan to Sign Bill Repealing Minimum-Wage Exemption for Employers of Workers with Disabilities

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law RSA 279:22, which previously allowed entities to pay people with disabilities less than the minimum wage, will be repealed.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.”

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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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