Class-action suits filed in Colorado and Minnesota have accused Chipotle of “an unwritten policy” of wage theft. Workers say they routinely work more hours than they are paid for, and that the practice isn’t an oversight limited to just a few incidents. They claim, for example, that the in-house time clock automatically punches them out at 12:30 a.m., regardless how late they stay to clean up.
The workers allege that incentives existed for management to trim as much fat as possible, which led to the illegal practices; one employee claimed that “bonuses for general managers were based upon labor costs.” All told, the workers want unpaid overtime, lost wages, and other damages. Chipotle’s spokesperson Chris Arnold says the company isn’t violating any labor laws, so they consider these lawsuits “nothing more than allegations and … proof of nothing.”