Chipotle Illegally Fired Worker Over Critical Tweets

Former employee just wants food vouchers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2016 11:06 AM CDT
Chipotle Illegally Fired Worker Over Critical Tweets
A Chipotle restaurant is seen in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

An administrative judge has ordered Chipotle to rehire a Philadelphia-area employee who was fired after criticizing the company on Twitter. The judge on Monday found that Chipotle's social media policy violated the National Labor Relations Act, reports via the AP. Chipotle was ordered to pay back wages to James Kennedy and post notices telling employees some of its past policies violated labor laws.

Kennedy had tweeted about the company's "cheap" labor policies last year. He was fired two weeks later after circulating a petition asking managers to allow workers to take their breaks. The 38-year-old Upper Darby man, who has since found a job with American Airlines, says he doesn't want his job back but is willing to accept his back pay in food vouchers. (More Chipotle stories.)

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