Goodwill Industries International has made a habit of paying their disabled employees well below the minimum wage. As President and CEO you earn $729,000 a year, but according to Labor Department records Goodwill has been paying disabled employees as little as 22¢, 38¢ and 41¢ an hour! This is not only offensive it is exploitative.
I understand you are using a loophole in the 1939 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and what you are doing is "legal". However, it does not make it right. Goodwill is a symbol of so many good programs, yet denying your disabled employees a dignified workplace is unacceptable.
I ask you to immediately develop a company-wide policy that requires all branches of Goodwill Industries international to pay all employees the federal minimum wage.
Equal Rights for Disabled Workers
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My name is Nick and I was born with one hand. I've always been treated fairly and I've never felt exploited or demeaned for having a disability. I'm one of the lucky ones. What Goodwill is doing...
My name is Nick and I was born with one hand. I've always been treated fairly and I've never felt exploited or demeaned for having a disability. I'm one of the lucky ones. What Goodwill is doing to employees with disabilities could technically happen to me. Under the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), my employeer could legally pay me less because I type slow with one hand. Goodwill is using a loophole in this act to exploit workers and pay them pennies. However, just because it's "legal" doesn't make right!
Goodwill is paying disabled employees far below minimim wage. Records acquired by NBC from the Labor department show that Goodwill has paid employees with disabilities as little as 22¢ an hour. On the other hand Goodwill President and CEO Jim Gibbons brings in over $500,000 annually.
Goodwill has justified their actions by saying it is "legal" and that these employees would not be able to find any work if they were not being exploited by Goodwill. You can read the entire statement here.
Goodwill's mission states: "Goodwill works to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work."
It's time Goodwill returns to its mission. Right now Goodwill is creating the barriers it claims to break down and weakening the communities it claims to strengthen. It has to stop now. Tell Goodwill to treat ALL of their employees with the dignity of an equal workplace.
Please sign and share the petition for Goodwill to pay ALL employees at least minimum wage.
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You can also ask Beyonce to join the cause. She recently partnered with Goodwill on her North American tour. Sign the petition asking her to come out in support of the disabled workers at Goodwill!