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Washington, D.C., employee fired for alleged labor act violations

The National Labor Relations Act was passed to detail the rights of employees and employers with regard to union activities. Part of the act states that supervisors are not allowed to participate in union organization activities. According to Alta Bikeshare, which runs Capital Bikeshare in our nation's capital, a supervisor was warned about his activities in union organizing and was fired when he didn't stop.

Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., has had great success this year. The concept is providing bikes for rentals around the city. When someone is done with the rental, he or she returns the bike at the nearest bike station. REQX Ventures has recently become Captial Bikeshare's new parent company.

The employee maintains that he was not a supervisor and that department where he worked had a "completely horizontal" of responsibility. He stated that he "stepped back from organizing to allow less-problematic figures to step forward, those same workers then re-iterated their desire to be recognized as a union, and Alta Bicycle Share/REQX fired me for attending a bikeshare workers convention in NYC."

Capital Bikeshare believes the employee continued to engage in illegal activity when he went to the New York City convention. The other illegal activity that the bikeshare company believes happened is that the man was able to get 56 union cards signed, which amounts to 87 percent of the workforce at the company. That percentage will bring about a union election.

The man may have an employee rights lawsuit against his former employer for wrongful termination; however, an attorney experienced in employment law would be able to provide more information and guidance on filing such a civil lawsuit.

Source: InTheCapital, "Capital Bikeshare Says It Fired an Employee for 'Illegal' Union Activity" Brian Warmoth, Dec. 01, 2014

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