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Chipotle Hit with Lawsuit Alleging OT is Owed to Hundreds of Employees

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 by Neilson

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Chipotle OT LawsuitAn employee of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has filed a lawsuit alleging the company has failed to pay overtime to hundreds of employees.

The class-action complaint filed Thursday in federal court in New York says the Denver-based restaurant chain has misclassified its "apprentices" as managerial, salaried employees who don't qualify for overtime pay. The suit contends apprentices earn salaries of $40,000 but frequently work more than 40 hours a week performing the duties of hourly workers, including cooking and filling orders.

Plaintiff Maxcimo Scott is a general manager of a Chipotle in New York but says he sometimes worked up to 55 hours a week as an apprentice.

The lawsuit seeks back pay and damages.

Chipotle didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. It has about 1,350 restaurants.


Mike Smith Nov 16 2012 6:35PM Report Abuse
This type of claim is growing. Unfortunately violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (Flsa) are often excluded from employment practices liabilitiy insurance policies and therefore these claims can be uninsured
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