Massachusetts Attorney General Alleges Chipotle Served Up a Side Order of Wage and Hour Violations, Reaches $2 Million Settlement


  • Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with casual dining restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (“Chipotle”) to resolve allegations of child labor and non-payment of wages and sick time in violation of the state’s Wage Act, Child Labor Laws, Earned Sick Time Law, and laws requiring the retention of true and accurate payroll records.
  • The AG’s office issued four citations against Chipotle, for allegedly permitting minors to work more than 48 hours per week and more than 9 hours per day, allowing minors to work during the night, failing to provide proper notice to its employees about earned sick time policy, and failing to pay certain employees for all hours worked, among other things.
  • Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Chipotle will pay $1.37 million in penalties to the AG’s office, $2,280 in restitution to affected employees, and a special assessment of $500,000 to the AG’s office to be used for education and enforcement oversight of child labor laws, training and skills development of young workers, or other assistance to youth. Chipotle also agreed to self-auditing for potential labor law violations and reporting to the AG’s office going forward, among other things.