NYC Suing Chipotle, Alleges Company Violated Fair Workweek Law

Erica Brosnan
September 10, 2019 - 6:32 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City on Tuesday announced a $1 million lawsuit against the quick-service chain Chipotle for violating the city’s Fair Workweek Law.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration filed the suit Monday, accusing the fast-casual chain of failing to provide workers with schedules two weeks in advance, failing to pay premiums for last-minute changes and didn’t offer newly available shifts to current employees.

“This case exemplifies the abusive practices that this law is intended to end, and Chipotle must come into compliance,” said Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Commissioner Lorelei Salas in a statement. “I encourage all fast food workers to come forward if their right to a predictable schedule or new shift is being violated.”

According to the DCWP, an investigation also found that Chipotle had an illegal sick leave policy.

The city is seeking at least $1 million in restitution for more than 26,000 workers, plus civil penalties and future compliance with the requirements of the law.

More than 30 workers from five different Chipotle locations in Brooklyn filed complaints with Salas’ department.

“Worker protection laws mean nothing if companies can get away with violating them. I am proud of these workers for standing up and asserting their rights, and am glad that the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is taking on this case,” said Council Member Rafael Espinal.

In a statement, Chipotle says it did follow the law and called the city’s charges “unnecessary.”