Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Monday that Chipotle Mexican Grill had been fined $1.3 million for an estimated 13,253 child labor violations and other state wage and hour violations in Massachusetts.
In 2016 a minor employee’s parent complained to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office that the minor had worked well past midnight. This led to an investigation that revealed that, between 2015 and 2019, Chipotle permitted dozens of minors to work more than the nine-hour daily and 48-hour weekly limit. Many minors did not have valid work permits. Chipotle also failed to properly notify employees of earned sick time rights, and it failed in some locations to pay workers within six days of the end of a pay period.
Under Massachusetts law, children under 18 are not allowed to work more than nine hours in a day or more than 48 hours per week. All minors are required to have valid work permits. Fourteen- and 15-year-olds are not allowed to work later than 7 PM. and 16- and 17-year-olds are not allowed to work later than 10 PM on nights preceding school days. They are not allowed to work later than midnight on non-school nights. Chipotle violated all of these laws.
As part of the settlement, Chipotle will pay $500,000 towards an educational program about child labor and law enforcement. This fund will also provide training and workforce development for young workers.