Chipotle to pay restitution, rehire worker fired for taking sick leave

By Sabina Mollot

A Chipotle restaurant on East 14th Street must pay $2,500 and rehire a worker that was recently fired for taking sick leave.

In an announcement from the mayor’s office and the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas said firing the woman was illegal as was the fact that she was not paid for the time she took off to take care of an illness as well as her family.

As part of the settlement announced Wednesday, the worker will be reinstated at her previous rate and receive an amount that equals three times the pay for the time she took off in addition to the $2,500. This is because the DCWP found that the firing was retaliatory for taking sick leave.

The worker was referred to the DCWP in January by the union 32BJ.

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Man arrested for robbery near Union Square

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 49-year-old man for shoplifting and injuring employees that tried to stop him at the Garden of Eden on East 14th Street near Union Square last week.

An employee at the store, located at 7 East 14th Street, told police that on Thursday, February 20 around 9 p.m., the suspect removed items from the shelves and attempted to leave without paying.

When multiple employees then confronted him, the suspect reportedly said, “I will cut you,” and reached into his jacket pocket. The victim suffered a minor cut to his left hand and a bruise on his left cheek while attempting to stop the suspect. The suspect was arrested in front of the store and had been charged with robbery.

Charges are still pending against the suspect in multiple additional cases related to incidents that took place last year. The man reportedly harassed customers inside a Sprint store in Union Square, exposing himself and groping other customers that were inside.

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