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Movie & Discussion: Bottom Dollars

Bottom Dollars

A Rooted in Rights Original Documentary

Join us as we watch this groundbreaking documentary and then have a discussion about what this means for workers with disabilities in our community.

Bottom DollarsWhen the Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938, it included a revolutionary civil rights protection: a minimum wage. American workers could no longer be exploited for their hard work—with one huge exception. Section 14(c) of the Act included an exemption allowing some workers, people with disabilities, to be paid less than minimum wage.

In 2016, nearly 250,000 people are legally paid less than the minimum wage, on average, less than $2 an hour.

“Bottom Dollars” is an hour long documentary that exposes the exploitation of people with disabilities through personal stories and expert interviews. It also presents clear employment alternatives with competitive wages and community inclusion.

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Local Showings:

Disability Network Southwest Michigan is hosting three showings in our area. Pick the location and date that work best for you.


November 29, 2016
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Disability Network
Southwest Michigan
517 E. Crosstown Pkwy.
Kalamazoo, MI

RSVP: Miranda
(269) 345-1516 x120

St. Joseph

December 2, 2016
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Disability Network
Southwest Michigan
2900 Lakeview Ave.
St. Joseph, MI

RSVP: Terezie
(269) 982-7761

Battle Creek

December 6, 2016
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Kool Family
Community Center
200 W. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI

RSVP: Miranda
(269) 345-1516 x120