Locked in a Freezer for Retaliation: Chipotle Must Pay

This from the National Law Review website (sounds pretty bizarre):

Austin Melton, a manager at a San Jose Chipotle store who was 22 years old at the time, was forced to endure pervasive verbal and physical harassment by his female supervisor. His supervisor propositioned Melton and his then-girlfriend for sex, touched him inappropriately, and posted a “scoreboard” in the main office to track the staff’s sexual activities.

chipolte-workers-sue-to-get-overtime-payWhen young Melton reported the harassment, he was locked in a freezer in retaliation. He eventually quit (after being released from the icebox), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) took up his case and filed suit.

Yes, Chipolte lost and was dinged $95,000 to Melton for lost wages and damages. It was also assigned, along with 27 other Chipoltes in the area, a anti-sexual harassment training regimen.

“This was my first job after high school, and it was hard to speak up about the harassment to management and then to the EEOC. But it was the right thing to do,” said Melton. “I hope this settlement will help to make the restaurants a better and safer workplace for everyone. I am thankful to the EEOC for standing up for me and seeing this through.”

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