Many workers in the nation are fascinated by a lawsuit New York City recently filed against Chipotle Mexican Grill. Many do not know that this is not the first time New York has targeted the popular restaurant chain.
According to an article published by Food & Wine, the city targeted the Chipotle chain in 2019 for violating the state’s Fair Workweek Laws. Now, New York City alleges that Chipotle failed to resolve its employment law issues. In response, the city is replacing its initial lawsuit with an even bigger suit and is seeking $151 million in relief.
What are the allegations against Chipotle?
New York City is home to 6,500 Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants. Some of the labor law violations against many of these restaurants that are alleged in the new suit include the following.
- Making employees fulfill multiple shifts without getting sufficient time off from work.
- Failure to comply with laws stating that employees receive additional wages when working multiple shifts.
- Failure to provide its workforce with the state law mandated two-week notice of their work schedules.
- Failure to offer extra shifts to its existing workers before hiring additional employees.
According to a statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio, the food chain’s ”flagrant disregard” for the law and its workers is not acceptable. He added that the city is prepared to do everything it can to hold the restaurant chain to account for its labor violations.
Our lawyers approve of the city’s efforts to help its workforce find fair and acceptable treatment. We wanted to talk about the lawsuit to show mistreated workers that help is within your reach. Those who suffer wage and hour violations and other forms of poor workplace treatment can learn more about their options by speaking with an employment law attorney.