Thousands of workers to get a share of $20m pot after fast-food chain flouts labor laws – are you entitled to cash?

THOUSANDS of fast-food chain workers are entitled to a payday over alleged shoddy treatment by Chipotle at work.

The $20 million payout to some 13,000 New York workers is the largest fair workweek settlement in US history and the city’s largest ever worker protection settlement.

About 13,000 New York City workers get part of a $20 million settlement against California-based Chipotle

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About 13,000 New York City workers get part of a $20 million settlement against California-based ChipotlePhoto credit: AFP
Chipotle says it's working to improve compliance with better time-tracking technology and provide predictable schedules

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Chipotle says it’s working to improve compliance with better time-tracking technology and provide predictable schedulesPhoto credit: Reuters

It stems from the Mexican grocery chain’s alleged violations of its workers, preventing them from receiving predictable hours and paid sick leave.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced Tuesday that Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay the $20 million to current and former workers for violating the city’s labor laws.

Investigators said violations of the city’s Fair Workweek law included failure to post work schedules 14 days in advance and failure to pay a $100 premium for schedule changes.

They also said Chipotle failed to ensure there was a minimum of 11 hours between shifts when workers were booked for two shifts on two consecutive days.

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According to investigators, the chain also failed to offer available shifts to current employees before new hires were hired.

Who is eligible for a payout?

The settlement between the city and Chipotle affects employees who worked at the New York City stores between 2017 and this year.

Under the agreement, each hourly worker is entitled to $50 for each week worked between November 26, 2017 and April 30, 2022.

Chipotle will also pay the city $1 million in civil penalties.

For example, an employee who has worked continuously for Chipotle for a year and a half (78 weeks) will be paid $3,900.

As they claim

Employees who were employed by Chipotle on April 30, 2022 will receive a check in the mail along with a letter explaining how their amount was calculated.

Former employees of Chipotle must submit an application to receive payment.

Employees whose employment ended before April 30, 2022 will receive notification by post, email and SMS.

This includes how much money they will receive, how the amount was calculated, and how to file a claim online or by mail.

The comparison is the result of an investigation by the city’s consumer and labor protection department.

It comes after complaints from 160 Chipotle workers and Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, city officials said.

“Restaurants and fast food outlets are a critical part of our economy and our daily lives here in New York City, but they cannot exist without the hard-working people who cook, serve and deliver our food,” Adams said in a statement .

“Today’s settlement with Chipotle … as the largest worker protections agreement in New York City history, sends a strong message that we will not stand by and stand by when workers’ rights are violated,” he added.

Chipotle confirmed the agreement.

“We are pleased to resolve these issues and believe this settlement demonstrates Chipotle’s commitment to providing opportunities for all of our team members while complying with the Fair Workweek Act,” said Scott Boatwright, Chipotle’s chief restaurant officer.

Mr Boatwright added it has taken steps to improve compliance through measures such as improved timekeeping technology.

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Here’s more about a $4 million lawsuit against Chipotle that you may be entitled to funds from.

Also, more on a $1.9 million lawsuit filed by workers against Burger King.

https://www.the-sun.com/money/5970742/workers-chipotle-lawsuit-settlement-new-york/ Thousands of workers to get a share of $20m pot after fast-food chain flouts labor laws – are you entitled to cash?

CELINE CASTRONUOVO

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