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Resource ID: #17820
Subject: Employment
Source: Pitch Weekly (Kansas City
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Date: February 15-21

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Pitch Weekly investigates 'sheltered workshops' in Missouri, "which employ 8,000 people who live with what doctors call 'developmental disabilities'. Most of the workers have mild to severe mental retardation." Missouri law says employers can pay workers "less than minimum wage, but must pay them at least 52 cents an hour." Factors such as this lead many people to believe these are forced-labor sweatshops. Other critics say poor funding has lead to bad working conditions and the workshops are improperly run. Despite critics, many of the people who work in these workshops and their families are happy. Workers make friends, create routine in their lives and earn some money. Pitch Weekly looks at the issues of sheltered workshops.

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