Ore. disabilities suit targets sheltered workshops

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A suit alleges the state of Oregon is violating federal law at "sheltered workshops" it operates for more than 2,300 disabled residents.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/wnaqko ) the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington along with eight individuals filed the federal class action lawsuit Wednesday against Gov. John Kitzhaber and top managers at the Department of Human Services.

A department spokesman had no comment.

The suit says people at the workshops have repetitive or rote tasks, are paid below the minimum wage and don't have a chance for training or advancement.

The lawsuit argues the state is violating the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com