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Grampians man with disability paid $2.52 an hour

Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 03:44 PM

Jessica Black, The Courier, 11 March 2017
 
An intellectually disabled Grampians man has been compensated by the Commonwealth after being paid as little as $2.52 an hour in government funded workshops. 
 
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, received $26,000 in back pay after he was paid between $2.52 and $3.23 an hour at Australian Disability Enterprises (ADE), lawyer Kairsty Wilson said.
 
The pay out is 70 per cent of what he is calculated to be owed for his work, which spans about eight years at two separate ADEs in the Grampians. 
 
About 10,000 intellectually disabled workers nationwide are thought to be eligible for compensation after a Federal Court ruling late last year deemed their wages to be discriminatory. 
 
In December last year the Federal Court approved a 2015 class action brought against the Commonwealth for a wages policy which saw workers paid as little as 33 cents an hour.
 
“He was overwhelmed he just said ‘I can’t thank you enough, this means so much to me and my family, I can go and buy a washing machine, I can have a holiday, pay off my debts and put some money aside,’” Ms Wilson, legal manager of Association for Employees with a Disability, said.
 
“We just want everyone to get the money that they’re entitled to.”
 
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