A woman with a disability is being paid $2.30 an hour to untangle Air New Zealand earphones, while many of her colleagues are earning just a fraction of the minimum wage.

But it's all perfectly legal, and is, in fact, being done with the blessings of the Labour Inspectorate.

The employee, who is blind, works at Altus Enterprises, an organisation that provides work for people with disabilities, and Air NZ is one of its clients.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said her take-home pay was about $2 an hour, which barely covered her transport to and