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Chipotle Workers Sue for Overtime, Testing Scope of Obama-Era Rule

Jun 8, 2017 / Media Coverage
Carmen Alvarez said she was crushed when her employer, Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., reversed its decision to pay her and her fellow workers overtime late last year, despite a new federal rule that she believed enabled her to receive time-and-a-half for work over 40 hours. 
 The 55-year-old, who worked for the fast-food chain in New Jersey since 2013, said she finally received the boost, along with millions of other workers newly eligible for overtime pay. It was then quickly pulled away thanks to a court decision that temporarily halted the U.S. Department of Labor from enforcing the...
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Lawsuit claims Chipotle owes overtime pay to thousands of workers

Jun 8, 2017 / Media Coverage
A lawsuit filed against Chipotle on Wednesday claims that a federal rule expanding overtime pay to millions of workers is in effect, despite an injunction late last year that banned the Labor Department from enforcing the regulation. The proposed class action lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, alleges that Chipotle should be paying time and a half to employees who work more than 40 hours a week and earn less than $47,476 a year —as would be required by the rule. Attorneys representing Chipotle employees in New Jersey argue that the rule still took effect as...
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Employees Sue Chipotle, Claiming It Failed To Pay Them Overtime

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
At the center of the legal battle is an Obama-era rule that vastly expanded overtime pay to salaried workers. Chipotle employees have sued the fast-casual restaurant chain for allegedly failing to pay overtime compensation, which they say they are entitled to under a recent Labor Department rule at the center of a separate court battle. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal court in New Jersey, maintains that the Obama-era Labor Department rule ― which vastly expands overtime pay to salaried workers ― still applies, even though a federal judge in November issued a preliminary injunction...
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In Chipotle lawsuit, worker says overtime pay rule alive and well

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Wednesday was hit with a proposed class action lawsuit claiming the company - and every other private employer in the U.S. - must comply with a rule extending overtime pay to millions of workers, even though it was blocked by a federal judge. The lawsuit filed in federal court in New Jersey by former Chipotle worker Carmen Alvarez says the Denver-based company unlawfully classified manager trainees in the state as exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act because they performed some management tasks.
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Chipotle Is Exploiting Judge’s Block On OT Rule, Suit Says

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
Chipotle was hit with a putative class action in New Jersey federal court Wednesday alleging the fast-food chain has illegally relied on a Texas federal judge’s ruling blocking the U.S. Department of Labor from expanding overtime protections to avoid paying its workers overtime. The suit argues that the DOL’s 2016 extension of overtime eligibility to millions of workers earning less than $47,476 per year is in effect, despite a Texas federal court’s ruling temporarily enjoining the DOL from implementing and enforcing it. The suit claims the Texas ruling, in favor of a group of states and...
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Chipotle Is Cheating Thousands Of Workers Out Of Overtime Pay, Lawsuit Alleges

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
Thousands of Chipotle workers in New Jersey are being illegally denied overtime pay though they consistently work in excess of 40 hours per week, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in New Jersey Supreme Court. The lawsuit challenges the company's interpretation of a Texas judge's ruling, which blocked implementation of 2016 Obama Administration overtime rules announced last spring. The lead plaintiff on the case is Fairfield resident Carmen Alvarez, a 55-year-old mother and grandmother, who has worked as a manager-in-training at multiple Chipotle restaurants since 2013, often in excess of...
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Workers Say Chipotle Owes Them Overtime Pay

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
Last year, a federal court issued an injunctionthat put the brakes on a Department of Labor rule that would expand overtime pay to millions of workers. While the government isn’t enforcing the rule because of the court order, a new lawsuit filed against Chipotle argues that that shouldn’t stop employers from abiding by the terms. To that end, employees of the fast casual restaurant in New Jersey are seeking to recoup overtime pay they would have earned under the rule. The Washington Post reports that the proposed class-action lawsuit, filed today in federal court in New Jersey, argues that...
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Chipotle faces lawsuit over overtime pay dispute

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
A lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed against Chipotle Mexican Grill alleging the fast-food chain failed to adequately compensate some employees for overtime work under a federal rule that went into effect late last year. The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, alleges the company failed to pay overtime to employees under the new overtime rule issued by the Labor Department last year — and that it's not the only one. "For conscientious employers, a suit like this reminds them that the rule is in effect and that they should be paying overtime," Sellers said...
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Chipotle Not Paying Its Workers Enough?

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
On Wednesday, a lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey against Chipotle (CMG) claiming that a federal rule expanding overtime pay to millions of the fast-casual Mexican food restaurant chain's workers is in effect, The Wall Street Journal reports. This is despite an injunction issued late last year that kept the Labor Department from enforcing the rule. The lawsuit alleges, and the regulation requires, that Chipotle should be paying time and a half to employees that are working over 40 hours a week and earning less than $47,476 per year. "There's been no finding that the...
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Chipotle owes me overtime pay, NJ worker says

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
A New Jersey woman who worked for Chipotle in a management training program says she should have been eligible for overtime pay, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Carmen Alvarez, 55, of Fairfield, Essex County, said the restaurant chain last December shifted her from an hourly employee to salaried, leaving her to work more than 40 hours a week filling orders and preparing food without extra pay. "I was crushed when Chipotle went back on its promise to pay me and other co-workers the overtime that we worked so hard for," Alvarez said in a statement. The class-action lawsuit was filed in...
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