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Protesters Say Goodwill Pays Disabled Below Minimum Wage

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A group of protesters gathered outside the Missoula Goodwill store today, who said Goodwill Industries pays employees with disabilities below the federal minimum wage.

Protesters said an employee at the Great Falls Goodwill quit her job after her pay was cut to $2.75 per hour.

Protesters also said some Goodwill employees with disabilities earn as little as 25 cents per hour in other U.S. cities.

Mark Boatman, Protest Organizer, said, "Paying below minimum wage sends the message that people with disabilities are second class citizens."

However, Missoula Goodwill Vice President of Development, Dennis Peterson, said all Missoula employees earn above the minimum wage.

Peterson said other Goodwill stores do participate in a Department of Labor training program that helps employ people with disabilities.

He said those stores receive a certificate that legally allows them to pay employees below the federal minimum wage.

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