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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