Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and its customers who consumed tainted
food during outbreaks of E. Coli, Salmonella and norovirus have reportedly
reached a settlement agreement. Terms of the agreement were not
disclosed except for one class member’s request to receive vouchers for
free burritos. One case in the litigation is still pending. See The Denver
Post, September 9, 2016.

Chipotle was also hit with an unrelated lawsuit in California alleging the
company fired an employee for saying that her Latino coworkers received
preferential treatment. The plaintiff argues that after a Latina woman
was promoted to the district manager position, Latino employees began
receiving more favorable day shifts while other employees received night
shifts. When the plaintiff complained about the scheduling to a Latino
manager, she was allegedly told that “black girls always have attitude.”
See CBS Los Angeles, September 13, 2016.

 

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For decades, manufacturers, distributors and retailers at every link in the food chain have come to Shook, Hardy & Bacon to partner with a legal team that understands the issues they face in today's evolving food production industry. Shook attorneys work with some of the world's largest food, beverage and agribusiness companies to establish preventative measures, conduct internal audits, develop public relations strategies, and advance tort reform initiatives.

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