Chipotle cited with 13,253 child labor law violations in Massachusetts

Chipotle can't seem to get out of its own way. Only a few weeks after announcing some industry leading worker policies, Chipotle agreed to pay a $1.3 million fine for more than 13,000 child labor violations at several of its Massachusetts locations.

The three-year investigation followed a 2016 complaint from a parent telling the office that their kid worked "well past midnight" at one Chipotle location. The office's findings revealed that the company permitted dozens of 16 and 17-year-old employees to work later than the law allows. Chipotle also allowed children to work more than the state's nine-hour daily limit and the 48-hour weekly limit.
Chipotle is also accused of violating other Massachusetts labor laws, including failing to provide proper timesheets and failing to pay workers within six days of the end of a pay period, the attorney general's office said.

Not a good look. That said, NYU Professor Scott Galloway made an interesting point this week on his Pivot podcast with Kara Swisher (I highly recommend this podcast btw, very entertaining). He argued Chipotle should respond to the crisis by making a very public commitment and investment in youth employment, and give young people an opportunity to earn some extra money while learning the power of work. It also seems to me that Chipotle needs some better software to help manage this stuff, so if any of you know someone at the company please give them my information! I'd be more than happy to chat with them about how to solve their workforce management issues :)


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