NLRB Finds Chipotle Worker Illegally Fired For Pay Protests

By Matthew Bultman (April 3, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT) -- A Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. restaurant in St. Louis unlawfully fired a worker because he participated in the "Show Me 15" campaign, a nationwide effort to raise minimum wage to $15 per hour and discussed his pay with other employees, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday.

Administrative Law Judge Melissa M. Olivero said the Chipotle subsidiary, Chipotle Services LLC, illegally threatened and interrogated employees, barring them from discussing their wages and instructing managers to report any such conversations they overheard.

Judge Olivero ruled it was Patrick Leeper's participation in this type of activity, protected under the National Labor Relations Act,...

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