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Chipotle Fired Over a Third of Its Minnesota Employees

Chipotle fired 450 of its 1,200 employees in Minnesota last year due to an audit by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that required the chain to provide work authorization documents. That's more than a third of their employees in the state! The burrito chain said sometimes workers lack documentation "without our knowledge."

Protesters are saying the large number of firings is due to the fact that the burrito chain didn't provide ample time for staff to provide their legal documentation, but they also claimed the number of firings was close to 700 people, so who knows.

In any case, some of the former employees have sued Chipotle for violating a Minnesota law that requires employers to distribute back pay within 24 hours of termination, which the restaurant says "is without merit." Chipotle has 50 locations in Minnesota and 25,000 employees across the country.

· Chipotle Says It Fired 450 in Minnesota After Audit [Star Tribune via @kimseverson]
· All Chipotle Coverage on Eater [-E-]
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