Nearly 10,000 Workers Sue Chipotle for Wage Theft
Chipotle finds itself in more legal hot water as nearly 10,000 employees sue the fast-casual company in a class action lawsuit for wage theft. Current and former employees are claiming Chipotle regularly makes employees work “off the clock” without paying them, according to the lawsuit.
"Chipotle routinely requires hourly-paid restaurant employees to punch out, and then continue working until they are given permission to leave," the lawsuit, known as Turner v. Chipotle (named after former manager Leah Turner), says.
Employees participating in the lawsuit claimed the major problem was around closing time, which was usually supposed to be at 11 or 11:30 p.m., but would often stretch as late as 1 a.m. Employees were told they would be compensated for overtime in their paychecks but never saw a dime, according to the lawsuit.
Chipotle denies any wrongdoing, according to CNN Money.
Earlier this summer, Chipotle was ordered to pay $550,000 in another employee lawsuit after a woman was fired for being pregnant, and in March, four former employees sued Chipotle for sexual harassment. This latest legal issue, however, is the first time the burrito chain is being sued on such a massive level.