Demand Chipotle Treat Workers With Integrity, Apologize, and Pay Up
Chipotle strives to make its popular burritos with fresh, sustainable ingredients. The company motto is, after all, “food with integrity." So why is Chipotle treating its immigrant workers like trash?
When the federal government presented the company with immigration warnings (known as "I-9 audits"), Chipotle began laying off entire stores full of workers. They gave long-time employees no warning, no time to prove their status, no respect, and even insufficient pay. Now, the way the company is firing workers in Washington, DC, is so appalling that City Council Members are speaking out publicly, saying they may be forced to hold hearings into the matter.
At the D.C. Columbia Heights Chipotle, a dozen workers were fired in one day -- March 9th, 2011. They were taken into the back room during a 30 minute break and replaced with new employees before they could return to work their next shift. Many long-time workers -- some who had worked at Chipotle for six years -- were literally tossed out in the cold. They received no warning and no respect. They huddled together to comfort each other, thinking of how they would feed their families and pay the rent.
While it works to be an ethical company, Chipotle is setting a dangerously low standard for how it treats long-time employees. We must join DC City Council members to hold Chipotle to a basic standard of respect.
Sign the petition to demand Chipotle apologize, change its mass firing practices, and pay employees what they are owed. In short: demand Chipotle treat workers with integrity!
- Chairman and co-Chief Executive Officer, Chipotle
- Communications Director, Chipotle
- Co-Chief Executive Officer, Chipotle
Montgomery F. Moran
- Regional Director, Chipotle
While I am a fan of Chipotle’s motto (“food with integrity”), today I am writing with an urgent demand: change your mass firing practices to ensure that immigrant workers are treated with respect and paid what they are owed.
Several of your restaurants in Minnesota and the surrounding area laid off hundreds of workers right before the holidays. A large number of these employees never received advanced warning or a real explanation for their firing, much less full pay and vacation wages.
In Washington DC, city council members are considering hearings to investigate Chipotle's mass firings in the area. One appalling example was at the D.C. Columbia Heights location, where a dozen workers were fired in one day (March 9th, 2011). They were taken into the back room during a 30 minute break and replaced with new employees before they could return to work their next shift. Many long-time workers were literally tossed out in the cold.
What has happened to these workers, and hundreds like them, is categorically unfair. It is unacceptable. These former employees deserve their full wages, including holiday pay. They deserve an explanation, an apology, and the knowledge that other Chipotle workers will be treated with integrity.
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