Chipotle Mexican restaurants are facing a class action lawsuit against them that is based on claims of unfair labor practices. This is not the first time that this fast food franchise has been in the line of fire when it comes to employee treatment of employees. This class action lawsuit against Chipotle was filed by a group of employees that are making a complaint for violations of their federal rights and are demanding that the corporation provide a guarantee of fair compensation and benefits for these employees. According to the legal papers, the management of the Chipotle Mexican restaurant chain has failed to give any promises of fair treatment and benefits to its employees. These practices by the management of the Chipotle Mexican restaurant chain have made the life of these employees extremely hard and frustrating.

This lawsuit against Chipotle was filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLB). Restaurant workers have long been complaining about various issues that have come up with regards to food safety at Chipotle restaurants. In fact, the legal papers indicate that more than one hundred plaintiffs have filed a complaint in the past year regarding the operations of the Chipotle Mexican food chain. Several complaints have also been forwarded to the local state and county authorities as well as the Food and Drug Administration. Complaints about poor food hygiene, improper training of employees and dangerous working conditions have also been forwarded to the general public.

Class action lawsuits are usually filed by people or groups that have suffered some type of monetary loss because of the alleged wrongdoing of a company or person. In the case of the Chipotle class action lawsuit against the corporation, the plaintiffs have alleged that since Chipotle started using a non-GMO definition for its tortillas, they have had to eat tortillas containing ingredients such as maize, corn, or soy bean. They further claim that since the ingredients of the tortilla are changed every time they make a dish at the restaurant, and they do not know that these ingredients were once wheat flour or rice, they are liable for personal injury or disease-related illnesses, as well as wrongful death.

Also part of the class action lawsuit against Chipotle was the claim that since the foodborne illness outbreak, various customers who have become ill with food poisoning, died, or became permanently disabled as a result of eating at one of the Chipotle restaurants. The lawsuits also stated that as a direct result of the recalled food, there has been an increased level of illness and death among current and former employees. These lawsuits have also been filed against the management companies and franchisors of Chipotle Mexican food, claiming that since the food safety concerns were not addressed promptly and adequately, they have allowed the reputation of the company to be damaged as a result of these issues.

A class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Chipotle Mexican Food Company is currently pending. The suit was brought forth by six plaintiffs, who were employed at one of the Chipotle restaurants located in San Diego and Los Angeles. This lawsuit asserts that the management of the company and its franchise did nothing to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria, which causes food poisoning, nor did they take reasonable steps to assure that food purchased by class members would not contain the bacteria. The plaintiffs are asking that the court award compensation for their medical expenses, loss of income, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Class members who wish to join this lawsuit must be prepared to submit proof that they are dining at one of the Chipotle restaurants in question that caused them harm. They can provide proof either through direct medical evidence of the illness, or by way of circumstantial evidence. In the case of OSHA, circumstantial evidence is considered more persuasive than direct evidence. If the plaintiffs to prove that they dined at one of the Chipotle restaurants that recently suffered from a foodborne illness outbreak, they must also provide documentation that they used to clean hands to prepare the food that they ate. If the company and its franchises do not respond with an adequate answer to these lawsuits within a sixty day period, or else lose, the plaintiffs have the option of going to trial.

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