A former Chiptole Mexican Grill employee has brought a wage-and-hour complaint against the company, including claims of harassment, gender discrimination, retaliation, battery, and wrongful termination. Roberts v. Chipotle Mex. Grill, Inc., No. BC537487 (Cal. super. Ct., Los Angeles Cnty., filed February 26, 2014).
Filing on behalf of herself and in a representative capacity on behalf of others, plaintiff Tedi Roberts claims that Chipotle (i) failed to pay legally required overtime or compensation for hours worked; (ii) failed to provide legally required meal periods and rest periods or accurate wage statements; (iii) failed to take action when she complained about sexual harassment and battery; (iv) refused to change her schedule or provide a transfer to help her avoid further harassment, battery, embarrassment, and humiliation; and (v) retaliated against her—terminated her employment—for complaining about the conditions of her employment including through the “protected activity” of social networking. Roberts avers that she has complied with administrative exhaustion requirements and received a right-to-sue letter from the California Department of Fair Housing and employment.
she brings 14 causes of action against Chipotle, including intentional infliction of emotional distress, and seeks payment of earned wages, overtime and waiting time compensation; payment of statutory obligations, penalties and damages; an accounting; penalties and special, general and punitive damages; loss of income; interest; attorney’s fees; and costs.