New York City is suing Chipotle for illegal labor practices
The city has filed a lawsuit against burrito chain Chipotle — alleging that the fast-casual company is breaking New York City labor laws. Two years ago, the city implemented a law that requires employers to give staff advance notice of their work schedules by two weeks, intended to give retail and fast food workers more stability.
But Chipotle has allegedly violated this law at five Chipotles in Brooklyn, with more than 30 employees, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is also investigating another 11 locations in Manhattan for violations. The city seeks $1 million in penalties, including restitution for employees. Chipotle, in a statement to the Daily News, said that it’s working with the city and “believe the filing of charges was unnecessary.”
It’s the first time that a fast-food chain has been sued under the Fair Workweek Law.
In other news
— The upcoming closing of a Harlem McDonald’s that’s been open since 1982 is having a big impact on the neighborhood. It’s one of the few drive-through locations, and Columbia University students and local residents are mourning the upcoming closure.
— Flynn McGarry’s Lower East Side restaurant Gem reopens on Thursday. The chef took a hiatus over the summer for travel.
— Artichoke Pizza’s Detroit-style slice shop Lions & Tigers & Squares is going into the former Nicoletta space in the East Village. It will open later this year.
— Bon Appétit released its 50 best new restaurants list Tuesday, featuring NYC restaurants Adda, Kopitiam, Atomix, and Leonti. But the list faced some criticism over disclosures; it initially published without acknowledging that an Austin restaurant on the list is owned by one of the magazine’s editors.
— A particularly strong thief has been breaking into businesses, including Madame X bar, a Flatbush Little Caesar’s, and Park Slope restaurant Bombay Kabab.
— There’s a fight going over a liquor license application at 112 Rivington St. on the LES, leading to a Community Board meeting that was “a shitshow that devolved into a screaming match.”
— Here’s what new Saveur editor-in-chief Sarah Gray Miller is planning to revive the magazine.