Oh, Chipotle. You are so loved and yet always in trouble with the law. How is that possible?
Well, this time it isn’t about the integrity of the food, but rather the behavior of management in one location in California. My News LA reports that Sheqweshu Clark, who worked at a Chipotle in El Segundo, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Chipotle Mexican Grill, accusing them of racial discrimination.
Clark says that all of the “good” shifts during the day are always given to the Hispanic workers, and that the black workers are treated unfairly, made to work the night and evening shifts that nobody wants. When she took this matter to the Latino manager, the manager allegedly said, “Black girls always have an attitude.”
She then went to the new Latina district manager to file her complaint, who allegedly denied there was a problem but said that she’d take over the scheduling. Within the same month, in January, Clark alleges that she was fired “without any explanation.”
She feels that she was fired as retaliation for speaking up, and plans to seek “unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.”
When asked about the lawsuit, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told Eater, “We only just learned of this suit and will evaluate its merits and determine a course of action.” He ended his statement with: “Generally speaking, however, a lawsuit is nothing more than a series of allegations and does not constitute proof of any wrongdoing on our part."
Looks like Chipotle has more work on their hands after settling all of those food lawsuits. Chipotle has another headache as nearly 10,000 workers are suing over unpaid wages. This racial discrimination lawsuit could happen to anyone, and it’s good that the chain is addressing it, but not paying your employees? That’s no bueno.
We love you Chipotle, but seriously, get it together! I want to enjoy my burritos guilt-free, knowing that I’m supporting a great company.