Samuel Swenson, the former CaBi employee who alerted the Department of Labor to possible labor violations at Alta says that the investigation is on hold because DDOT retroactively nullified its contract with Alta.
"They called me and said, 'Hey, we got a letter from the Department of Transportation, the contract’s nullified'—basically, 'We don’t have any jurisdiction over this,'" Swenson says.
Swenson says that according to a friend who still works on the Bikeshare program, the contract nullification was announced at a recent Bikeshare management meeting.
DDOT spokeswoman Monica Hernandez, however, says the contract has not been nullified. "Last night I inquired with the team and was told nothing had been canceled," she says.
And Department of Labor regional spokeswoman Joanna Hawkins says she's unable to comment on the matter. "It’s an open and active investigation and so we can’t make any comment," she says.