Photo: Chipotle fires more workers
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. underwent a two-year-long audit by he U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and beginning in Minnesota, they laid-off hundreds of workers unable to clear up questions about their immigration status.
Tuesday, the Denver-based chain said the layoffs have reached Virginia and Washington D.C. as well. Spokesman Chris Arnold said the dismissals have been “difficult and even heartbreaking because these were really good employees,” and pointed out that this is just an example of the fact that the system isn’t working. He added that Chipotle “has done more than is required” to ensure that its employees are properly documented by checking two documents for each hired individual.”
All applying to work in the U.S. have to fill out I-9 forms, and Chipotle says they received one from each employee. The problem is that some falsified information, and were not in fact eligible to work in the U.S.
Employers often have the difficult task of confirming potential workers’ eligibility to work in the states, and discriminating against them.
To add to the food chain’s troubles, Chipotle is now fighting a lawsuit from former Minnesota employees that say, after being fired, the company did not pay them their wages on time.
Arnold stated that all workers have been paid everything they were owed.
The company plans to open another 135 locations in 2011.