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· New York’s de Blasio accuses Chipotle of unfair labor practices
· Workers Accuse Chipotle, the ‘Food With Integrity’ Company, of Abuses
· Chipotle stock tumbles after New York City sues the restaurant chain, alleging labor law violations
New York’s de Blasio accuses Chipotle of unfair labor practices
Chain says it is addressing any ‘prior noncompliance concerns’ tied to city's Fair Workweek Law
Nancy Luna, Nation's Restaurant News
Sep 10, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going after Chipotle Mexican Grill, accusing the high-profile fast-casual brand of widespread violations of the city’s two-year-old Fair Workweek Law, which requires predictable schedules in quick-service and retail industries.
The mayor's office said the Newport Beach, Calif.-based company is not providing employees schedules two weeks in advance and failing to get consent and pay premiums for last minute schedule changes as required by city law. In a lawsuit filed against the brand, Chipotle is also being accused of routinely scheduling workers without consent to work closing shifts, followed by an opening shift – a practice known as “clopening.”
“In New York City, predictable schedules for fast food and retail workers are a right, not a privilege,” de Blasio said in a statement. “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.”
Laurie Schalow, Chief Reputation Officer for Chipotle, said the chain is “committed to creating a safe and engaging work environment” for all employees.
“With respect to the Fair Workweek Law, Chipotle has been working cooperatively with the city to ensure we have systems and processes in place to comply with the law, so we believe the filing of charges was unnecessary,” she said in a statement. “Regardless, we will continue to cooperate with the city and we are addressing any prior noncompliance concerns.”
This is the first lawsuit filed against a corporate-owned fast food company since the law went into effect two years ago, the mayor’s office said.
Additionally, more than 30 workers from five different Chipotle locations in Brooklyn have filed complaints with the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection division. The agency, which protects city workers from labor violations, is seeking at least $1 million in restitution for workers, according to de Blasio’s office.
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Workers Accuse Chipotle, the ‘Food With Integrity’ Company, of Abuses
New York City filed suit against the fast-food company for violating the city’s Fair Workweek Law.
By Michael Gold, The New York Times
Sept. 11, 2019
Steve Vidal had worked at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Brooklyn for two years, moving from burrito folder to service manager, when he finally decided to quit last summer.
He said he grew frustrated of last-minute changes to his schedule, of managers retaliating against employees who complained by cutting their hours and of a murky sick-leave policy that left him wondering how to get his paid time off.
Mr. Vidal was one of more than 30 current or former Chipotle employees in the area who complained about working conditions at the restaurant to the city and to 32BJ SEIU, a local union trying to organize fast-food workers.
On Tuesday, after investigating the complaints, New York announced that it was suing the company for violating the city’s Fair Workweek Law.
The city is seeking at least $1 million in restitution for workers and penalties.
In its complaint, New York accused Chipotle of abusing workers at five of its locations in Brooklyn, including the one where Mr. Vidal most recently worked.
One current employee noted the irony of a company that constantly heralded its “Food with Integrity” mantra not taking the same approach with its work force.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they treat the animals better than they treat us,” said Jeremy Espinal, 20, an employee at a Chipotle in Greenwich Village.
The city said the lawsuit, filed with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, was the first one brought against a publicly held corporate fast-food chain under the law, which was meant to give hourly workers more stable schedules and paychecks.
The Workweek law, which took effect in November 2017, requires that fast-food companies notify workers of their weekly schedules at least two weeks in advance.
Workers have to agree in writing to last-minute schedule changes and employers must pay workers a premium for making these changes. Companies are also required to give workers the opportunity for additional hours instead of hiring more part-timers.
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Chipotle stock tumbles after New York City sues the restaurant chain, alleging labor law violations
· New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is suing Chipotle Mexican Grill, alleging violations of the city’s Fair Workweek Law.
· More than 30 employees from five different Brooklyn locations of Chipotle filed complaints with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.
· The department is seeking at least $1 million in restitution for workers plus civil penalties and future compliance with the requirements of the law.
Amelia Lucas, CNBC
Sep 10 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is suing Chipotle Mexican Grill, alleging it violated a city labor law that requires predictable schedules for fast-food workers.
Shares of Chipotle, which were down 4% prior to the announcement, tumbled further. The stock is trading down 5.7% Tuesday afternoon.
The lawsuit alleges that Chipotle violated New York City’s Fair Workweek Law, which went into effect in November 2017. More than 30 employees from five different Brooklyn locations of Chipotle filed complaints with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.
They allege that Chipotle failed to give estimates of work schedules and schedules two weeks in advance. The company 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. The lawsuit also alleges that Chipotle did not give pay premiums for those schedule changes or for working “clopenings,” as they are known in the retail business.
The DCWP also said that Chipotle had an illegal sick leave policy. The lawsuit alleges that Chipotle also violated New York City’s Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, which requires that employers give workers a minimum amount of time off from work when they need to use sick time for themselves or a family member.
The department said that interviews with employees showed that Chipotle’s paid sick leave policy was “inconsistent” and “confusing.” Employees also had to find a replacement for their shifts if they wanted to take sick time, according to the complaint.
The department is seeking at least $1 million in restitution for workers plus civil penalties and future compliance with the requirements of the Fair Workweek Law. The city is also launching an investigation into allegations of similar violations at 11 Chipotle locations in Manhattan.
“With respect to the Fair Workweek Law, Chipotle has been working cooperatively with the city to ensure we have systems and processes in place to comply with the law, so we believe the filing of charges was unnecessary,” Laurie Schalow, Chipotle’s chief reputation officer, said in a statement...