A law allowing employers to pay disabled workers less than the minimum wage looks like an example of good intentions gone awry.
On the one hand, it's intended to encourage companies to hire the disabled, giving them gainful employment which enhances their self-worth. On the other, it opens the door to firms that may see a potential for profitable exploitation of a group that has few options.
Companies like Janus Joan Inc.
The St. Catharines, Ont., packaging outfit and its owner, Stacey Szuch, have been hit with a whopping $187,000 penalty by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for discriminating against 45-year-old Terri-Lynn Garrie.
The woman, who is described as intellectually challenged, was paid $1.25 an hour – well below minimum wage – for years, then fired.
According to the Toronto Star, the damage award includes about $142,000 in lost wages, almost $20,000 in additional lost income for discriminatory termination and $25,000 for "injury to her dignity, feelings and self-respect."Read More »from Plight of exploited disabled workers brought to light with Ontario woman’s damage award