Morning Read: Capital Bike Under Investigation By Labor Dept.

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Tim Persinko

The Labor Department is investigating Alta Bicycle Share -- the company that runs Capital Bikeshare -- after a former employee alleged that the popular bicycle-sharing network may have underpaid some of its workers for more than two years.

The Washington Post reports that Capital Bikeshare operates the system under a 2010 contract with the District’s Transportation Department worth up to $16.4 million over five years. The contract stipulates that the company must follow federal “prevailing wage” determinations.

The employee says he was paid $13 an hour for work that should have been paid the “bicycle repairer” rate of $14.43 hourly or “truck driver, light” at $15.66 hourly. He did get a raise to $15 per hour before he left, according to the Post, but was not paid the fringe benefits required by federal law.


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