Nearly 10,000 workers, both current and former, are suing Chipotle for wage theft. The class action lawsuit claims that the burrito-building restaurant “routinely requires hourly-paid restaurant employees to punch out, and then continue working until they are given permission to leave.” Why? To meet budget goals, allegedly.
Though this is not the first lawsuit of its kind, the number of case-consenting employees – from nearly every state – is unprecedented.
For its part Chipotle denies the suit has any truth behind it, telling Fortune, "Since this suit was originally filed in 2014, we have maintained that it has no merit and we will reserve our discussion of details for the legal proceedings."
On the other side, lawyer Kent Williams said "Chipotle has argued this is a few rogue managers who aren't following policy. Our view, especially given the number of people opting in, is that it's a systematic problem at Chipotle," according CNNMoney.
Between the infamous norovirus and E. coli outbreaks and this case, Chipotle just can't seem to catch a break.