By Patrick Sargent | January 27, 2020
On Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office announced that restaurant chain Chipotle will pay $1.37 million in penalties for more than 13,000 child labor violations and other wage and hour law violations at each of its 50 corporate-owned locations in the state.
Chipotle will also pay $500,000 into a fund run by the AG’s office that will go towards education programs about child labor and enforcement laws, as well as training and workforce development for young workers.
“Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants,” said Healey. “We hope these citations send a message to other fast food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk.”
The state issued four citations against Chipotle for violating the child labor and earned sick time laws, failing to make timely payment of wages, and records violations.