Investigation of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) Violated New York City’s Fair Workweek Law

New York City has sued Chipotle for nearly 600,000 violations of the city’s Fair Workweek Law that occurred from the end of November 2017 through at least September 2019. As a result, Chipotle owes workers an estimated $151 million.

Under the city’s Fair Workweek Law, employers must give workers a good faith estimate of their regular schedule, and two weeks advance notice of their set schedule. The law also requires employers to pay employees a premium if they make adjustments to their schedules within that two-week window. Employers must also pay a premium if they schedule workers for a “clopening” — a closing shift directly followed by an opening shift, which prevents workers from getting a full night’s sleep. The suit alleges that Chipotle did not grant workers the required scheduling estimates and rarely gave that mandatory two weeks heads up. Among other violations, Chipotle also allegedly created false documents stating that the employees “waived” the premium pay they were entitled to.

Robbins LLP is investigating what Chipotle’s board of directors knew regarding these violations and why it failed to protect its workers.


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