New York City Sues Chipotle, Alleging Labor Law Violations

Written by Haley Alber

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September 11, 2019

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Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (NYSE: CMG) is being sued by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) announced Tuesday. The restaurant chain is allegedly violating a city labor law that requires predictable schedules for fast-food workers.

The lawsuit, filed at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), claims that Chipotle violated nearly every element of the City’s Fair Workweek Law.

The Company allegedly failed to provide employees with estimates of work schedules and schedules two weeks in advance. It also allegedly did not get consent for last-minute schedule changes or asking employees to close the store one day and open the following day. In addition, the DCWP found that Chipotle had an illegal sick leave policy.

“In New York City, predictable schedules for fast food and retail workers are a right, not a privilege,” said Mayor de Blasio. “No corporation can get away with blatantly violating the rights of New York City workers without consequences. Chipotle must immediately stop their unfair labor practices and put their employees above profit.”

According to the DCWP, more than 30 workers from five different Chipotle locations in Brooklyn filed complaints about ongoing violations of the Fair Workweek Law.

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection said it is seeking at least USD 1 Million for workers along with civil penalties and future compliance with the requirements of the Fair Workweek Law.

An investigation has also been launched into 11 Chipotle locations in Manhattan for similar alleged violations.

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