Saturday, January 29, 2011

Chipotle fires hundreds, draws protest

Chain dismissed workers at its 50 Minnesota restaurants after an immigration audit.

By Steve Alexander, Star Tribune
January 20, 2011

Chipotle Mexican Grill said on Thursday that it had fired a substantial number of the 1,200 employees at its 50 Minnesota restaurants after a federal immigration audit found some were illegal workers.

The circumstances of the firings, which began in early December, sparked a protest by several dozen people around noon on Thursday at a downtown Minneapolis Chipotle restaurant. Minneapolis police arrested eight participants after they chained themselves together inside the restaurant. They were cited for trespassing. [...]

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