You're difficulty is that you have tunnel vision. The real issue is not the anti wage discrimination laws, but rather why do we need them if gainfully employable people want to work and not be discriminated against? The reality is that discrimnation laws are bipartisan. No one wants to be the one consciously discriminated against. But you are correct that all actions have consequences. Note that the companies doing the chopping are actually cutting services to their consumers. Look at all the outsourcing and poor service nowadays by companies that used to take pride in excellent service. It's the consumer that is also getting screwed.