Chipotle Wage Theft
Carmen Alvarez, a Chipotle employee in the company’s management training program, has filed a class action lawsuit in the US District Court in New Jersey after alleging the company failed to pay her appropriate overtime compensation under the most recent Labor Department rules. The rule ;; requires employers to pay overtime to any employee earning $7,476 or less annually.
According to the plaintiff’s attorney, the lawsuit reminds employers the rule is in effect and that they are responsible for paying overtime.
Alvarez was training to be a general manager at Chipotle from 2014 to March of 2017 in the restaurant chain’s apprentice program. She claims to have worked 50 hours per week, but was paid a salary of $43,082 with no overtime. She also claimed much of her work time was spent on the assembly line and not in management training, and because of that she should be paid overtime despite her classification as an apprentice.
Chipotle Calls Lawsuit “Nothing More than Allegations”
According to Chris Arnold, spokesperson for Chipotle, the company did not break any laws and the lawsuit is “… nothing more than allegations, and the filing of a suit is in no way proof of any wrongdoing.”
The Alvarez lawsuit comes on the heels of 2016’s lawsuit filed against Chipotle by 10,000 employees claiming the company forced them to work extra hours without pay.
Experienced Wage Theft Attorneys
No employee deserves to be cheated out of wages for hours they’ve worked. Our firm works with employees that are victims of wage theft. We currently represent multiple employees of a solar panel company who allege the company failed to pay proper wages, including overtime, to our clients. The case is pending in Federal Court in Philadelphia. (IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA JOSH LUNN, et al., Plaintiffs, v. SOLAR TIGHT INSTALLATION, et al., Defendants.)
If you believe your employer has cheated you out of wages or there are policies in place you believe are in violation of overtime laws, we can help. Contact Heavens Law at 888.897.5377 for a free consultation.