Chipotle to pay $7.7M to N.J. in ‘groundbreaking’ case over child labor law violations, state says


By Karin Price Mueller | NJ Advance Media for

Sep. 20, 2022


Chipotle Mexican Grill will pay New Jersey $7.7 million to settle “alleged widespread and persistent violations” of the state’s child labor laws, the state said Tuesday.


New Jersey, calling the settlement “groundbreaking,” said Chipotle agreed to what the state calls a “far-reaching compliance plan” to make sure the franchise doesn’t break state laws in the future, the Labor Department and the Attorney General’s office said.


The settlement comes after a 2020 Labor Department audit that found approximately 30,660 alleged violations related to minors working at Chipotle locations across New Jersey, the state said. The alleged violations included minors working too many hours and not getting “timely and sufficient” meal breaks.


“This record settlement represents a significant public-private partnership aimed at protecting minors from workplace abuses,” said Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo. “After-school and summer employment can be of tremendous value to both the young worker and the employer, but these jobs cannot come at the expense of treating employees fairly.”


Chipotle, which has 85 locations in New Jersey, said it is committed to ensuring its restaurants are in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations, said Laurie Schalow, Chipotle’s chief corporate affairs officer...


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