Former CATS employees hold protest

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The battle continues between the Capital Area Transit System and former employees. Dozens marched outside of CATS Friday protesting what they call a hostile work environment.

Current and former CATS employees say they are demanding that’s company higher-ups get terminated immediately. They also want the mayor’s office to launch an investigation into the human resources department.

“We would like to see Bill Deville resign, we would like to see Pearlina Thomas resign,[and] the COO Dwana Williams resign,” Anthony Garland said. “We feel they’re incompetent, we fill they’re not transparent, we feel they’re unethical in their methods.”

We reached out to cats for a statement. A spokesman for the company said CATS does not comment on personal matters.

Lisa Paul used to work for the bus company’s HR department.

“Prior to me leaving I had so many employees say ‘Ms. Lisa, they told us we couldn’t come here and come to you to complain. We had to go through our chain of command,'” Paul said.

Paul quit because she and many employees felt they were treated poorly.

“They only want HR there just to say they have HR in place but they don’t listen to HR,” Paul said. I don’t know how or why they haven’t already been sued. If they truly valued HR and had the professionals in there and let them do their job it would run a whole lot better, but because they do not do that it’s always a fight against upper management.”

CATS representatives also did not comment on Paul’s claims. Protesters say they will continue to march in front of CATS until their demands are met.

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