New York City filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Chipotle Mexican Grill over how it handles employee schedules, with Chipotle being accused of nearly 600,000 violations of a city law dictating fair scheduling practices that allegedly affected thousands of its employees.
The complaint, filed by the city’s Department of Consumer and Worker Protection department, alleges Chipotle broke New York’s “Fair Workweek Law” by changing employees’ working hours without sufficient notice, not approving appropriate time off or additional play and other workweek scheduling violations.
The city said Chipotle violated the law close to 600,000 times at between 80 and 90 New York City locations over a roughly two year period between 2017 and 2019.
Chipotle is also accused of violating the city’s 2014 sick leave law by only allowing 24 hours of sick leave though the law requires 40 hours, and for not allowing workers time off to care for sick family members as the law stipulates.
DCWP is seeking $150 million to distribute to an estimated 6,500 victims, according to the complaint.
Chipotle called the lawsuit “a dramatic overreach” in a statement to Forbes: “Chipotle will vigorously defend itself,” Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Laurie Schalow said.