Chipotle agrees to $8M settlement in manager trainee classification suit

Chipotle has agreed to pay $8 million to settle a 2012 lawsuit alleging it misclassified management trainees as exempt from overtime, court filings show (Scott, et al. v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1:12-cv-08333 (S.D.N.Y., Oct. 1, 2021)).

If approved by a court, the agreement will end nine years of litigation and resolve claims that the apprentices should have been paid time-and-a-half for hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek. More than 500 workers will share the monetary compensation, and the company will pay up to roughly $6 million more in attorneys’ fees.

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