Two former employees of Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in Minnesota have filed a lawsuit claiming that the chain failed to pay them wages in a timely fashion.
The workers, who were among hundreds who were fired by the Chipotle chain after an immigration audit raised questions about their immigration status, are seeking class action status.
The lawsuit says that Chipotle did not comply with Minnesota state law when it did not immediately give them their earned compensation upon their dismissal.
The workers are identified in the lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County Court, as Tanya Cortes and Alejandro Juárez, according to the Pioneer Press.
Chipotle’s communications director, Chris Arnold, denied the accusations.
“That simply isn’t true,” he said. “We paid everyone everything they were owed, including wages, accrued vacation and bonuses."
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, audited Chipotle’s Minnesota restaurants last year. ICE told the chain that the audit turned up questionable information in the documents Chipotle had provided, apparently indicating many employees were not authorized to work in the United States.
Chipotle fired hundreds of Minnesota employees when, the chain says, the workers could not explain discrepancies that the ICE audit had found.
“We’ll be looking to improve our policies and procedures for how we verify employee status,” Arnold said, “and will be looking to put all this behind us.”
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Price Of Non-Enforcement: Lawsuits
Perhaps that is one of the intentions of the Obama Regime, don't arrest illegal aliens so they can sue their former employers. The illegals get money and get to stay, the trial lawyers get more money, part of which they donate to Obama, everybody wins, except the law and Americans. You see the Obama Regime is not deporting, much less arresting, the illegal aliens that are uncovered as part of their non-enforcement campaign. Companies are "audited" for illegals, the forced to fire the illegals under threat of enforcement action, fines and criminal prosecution, but no illegals are arrested.
Of course, the real question is why these two illegal aliens were allowed to remain in the U.S. in violation of the law. And we know it is because they are future recipients of amnesty. The other question is why the government allows the employers to continue to violate the law by paying these illegals their wages and benefits? This cannot legally be done. The back wages and benefits should be surrendered to the government as the fruits of the crime. We don't let bank robbers keep the money they steal, the fruits of their crime. Why with illegal aliens?