Former and Current Chipotle Employees Sue Company for Alleged Wage Theft
Employees claim that they often had to work off the clock as well as on
Chipotle is making headlines again, but this time it isn't because of a bacterial outbreak.
Nearly 10,000 current and former Chipotle employees have filed to join a class action lawsuit, Turner vs. Chipotle, accusing the company of wage theft.
The defendants allege that employees regularly punched out at the end of their shift but were then required to stay and finish the task they had been working on. According to the complaint, the employees usually affected were those on the closing shift, who often had to stay late to clean up behind customers in the restaurant through closing time.
Chipotle disputes the employees' allegations and states that it has paid all of its employees the wages they were due.
It is not uncommon for a fast food restaurant to face a claim of wage theft. The state of New York sued Domino's in May, alleging that the company had underpaid its employees at 10 locations throughout the state.
"Domino's corporate executives knew about the violations, denied responsibility and failed to take action," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said at the time. "For the first time, we will prove that the Domino's corporate franchiser is legally responsible for rampant wage theft occurring at its stores."