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Capital Bikeshare's unfair wages investigated by Department of Labor

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Employees of Capital Bikeshare say they're not getting what they were promised when they signed on to work for the bike rental company.

George Ganey has had a Capital Bikeshare membership for two years, and says he’ll renew again this August.

The bike sharing program has exploded in popularity with tens of thousands of local members. The program serves D.C., northern Virginia, and now Maryland.

“The stations are either full or there are no bikes, so it seems like more people are using it,” Ganey says.

But a number of current and former employees say as Capital Bikeshare has grown, it hasn’t lived up to a contract it signed with the District’s DOT.

Employee Douglas Jones says he was promised more than he’s getting.

“I’m still waiting on benefits, I’m still waiting on the pay raise, and I’ve been there for 15 months,” he says.

Around 20 current and former workers plan to participate in a press conference Wednesday, calling on Capital BIkeshare’s parent company Alta to pay over $100,000 in back pay and benefits.

“We can’t sue them in court, so the only way is to do a lot of public awareness, a lot of public pressure,” says Anibal Apunte.

Apunte says he believes the company fired him because he was vocal.

“They weren’t too happy about that.”

Capital Bikeshare acknowledges that the Department of Labor is investigating the issue and it’s waiting on the results.

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