Chipotle In Trouble Again: Judge Rules Social Media Policy Violates US Labor Laws
A judge has ruled in favor of a former Chipotle employee who was fired after criticizing the company on Twitter last year.
38-year-old James Kennedy tweeted this message in January 2015 after a customer tweeted thanks for free food:
“@ChipotleTweets, nothing is free, only cheap #labor. Crew members make only $8.50hr how much is that steak bowl really?”
He deleted the tweet after a supervisor showed him the company’s social media policy which banned “disparaging, false” statements about Chipotle, but was fired two weeks later.
According to AP, the Colorado-based fast-food chain must offer to rehire Kennedy and pay him for lost wages.
Administrative law judge Susan Flynn ruled Chipotle’s social media rules violated labor laws and ordered the restaurant to post signs acknowledging some of its employee policies — and especially the social media rules — were illegal.