Do you work at Chipotle? Do you believe that you have worked more than forty (40) hours in a week without being paid for that time or at the required overtime rate? Were you fired for reporting that employees were being underpaid? If so, you may be owed compensation for your lost wages and/or your employer’s retaliation against you.
Did you know it’s against the law for an employer to make or allow you to work any hours without paying you?? Federal law requires employers to compensate hourly employees for all hours worked, including those during which work was performed “off the clock.”
Unfortunately, a publicly-filed lawsuit alleges that Chipotle, which operates over close to two thousand locations in the United States, has been requiring employees to punch out and then continue working until given permission to leave. The lawsuit alleges that Chipotle, by knowingly failing to pay its employees for all the hours they have worked, is violating federal law.
Also, in at least one instance, a manager at a Chipotle in Little Rock, Arkansas was allegedly fired by Chipotle in retaliation for refusing senior management’s directive to reduce employees’ hours so that overtime would not have to be paid. Such retaliatory firings – like other retaliatory actions such as demotion, harassment, and bullying – are illegal under state and federal law.
The attorneys at Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber, LLP have successfully brought lawsuits on behalf of numerous employees who were not being paid fairly. If you or someone you know works or has worked at a Chipotle or anywhere else that did not pay its employees for all the time they worked, please contact us to discuss your legal options.