Alabama agencies must pay disabled workers back wages
Federal labor officials say a recycling center that employs adults with intellectual disabilities in Alabama should have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to its workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that employees were rightfully owed $540,000. The agency says that Montgomery Arc and two of its partners – Hanan Center and McInnis Recycling Center – will pay $541,597 in back wages to 80 employees.
Labor officials say the organizations were supposed to provide services to the employees in exchange for paying them less than minimum wage. Officials say the workers are now entitled to minimum wage since the services weren't provided.