The city has filed a lawsuit against burrito chain Chipotle — alleging that the fast-casual company is breaking New York City labor laws. Two years ago, the city implemented a law that requires employers to give staff advance notice of their work schedules by two weeks, intended to give retail and fast food workers more stability.
But Chipotle has allegedly violated this law at five Chipotles in Brooklyn, with more than 30 employees, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is also investigating another 11 locations in Manhattan for violations. The city seeks $1 million in penalties, including restitution for employees. Chipotle, in a statement to the Daily News, said that it’s working with the city and “believe the filing of charges was unnecessary.”
It’s the first time that a fast-food chain has been sued under the Fair Workweek Law.