US law favoring vendors with disabled staff tested by e-commerce

Published March 20, 2023


Bloomberg Government included Michael Rembis in a story on a little-known federal law that requires government agencies to buy from firms where people with disabilities handle at least 75% of the production work. A new lawsuit alleges the government is shirking its responsibility under that law, threatening the livelihood of more than 5,000 people. Rembis said prior to industrialization, Americans with disabilities had better job prospects in a country where farming was the dominant industry. But with the advent of the factory system, they were “driven out of the labor market.” 

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