SOUTH ST. LOUIS ( - Matt Phillips speaks for his autistic son Donnie, who he says is unable to advocate for himself.

"His job was to gather carts," said Phillips.

Phillips’ son is a courtesy clerk who worked at one of the Shop ‘n Save stores that closed but Schnucks did not buy.

“He didn't really understand what that meant for him," said Phillips.

Donnie had to re-apply for the same position at another Schnucks store. He got a job but was offered a lower salary.

“For people on fixed incomes that could be an electric bill, that could be a gas bill," said Phillips.

Phillips says they sent a letter to the Schnucks corporate offices earlier this month asking Donnie’s pay be kept the same.

He never heard back.

"I just really felt like it was unfair and really unreal," said Phillips.

News 4 asked Schnucks why this happened and a spokesperson said they were unaware of the problem.

They said it was an oversight, stating their HR department mistakenly set his son’s pay at the minimum wage rather than his previous wage.

Schnucks now says they’ve started the process to change Donnie’s pay, an action Phillips is thankful for.

"I think that having people that will go out and advocate for people like Channel 4 is incredible and I just commend you guys for helping out," said Phillips.

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News 4 Reporter

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