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Chipotle Manager Can Have Job Back After Racial Backlash

The Minnesota employee was fired after several black men were turned away from the store
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 19, 2018 7:00 PM CST
A file photo shows a sign on a Chipotle restaurant in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

(Newser) – Chipotle said Monday that the company has offered a fired St. Paul restaurant manager her job back after receiving more information about an incident where employees refused to serve five black men and asked them to prove they could pay before taking their order. Per the AP, the company said in a statement it has reviewed the evidence and decided to offer the manager her job back. While Chipotle says its protocol was not followed serving these customers, the company publicly apologized to the manager "for being put in this position." Employees accused the men of being repeat dine-and-dashers. One of the men, 21-year-old Masud Ali, posted a video of the incident on Twitter on Thursday, alleging that he and his friends were subjected to racial stereotyping.

The video begins with a Chipotle employee telling the men that they must pay "because you never have money when you come in here." Chipotle fired the restaurant's manager after the online backlash and said it would retrain employees. But in a statement Sunday, the company said it has new information that warrants additional investigation. "We now have additional information which needs to be investigated further. We want to do the right thing, so after further investigation we will re-train and re-hire if the facts warrant it," spokeswoman Laurie Schalow said. The company said it was aware of reports about since-deleted tweets that apparently posted on Ali's account between 2014 and 2016 that included jokes about dining and dashing. (Earlier this year, hundreds became ill after eating at the burrito chain.)


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