An administrative judge ruled on Wednesday, March 16th that the firing of a Pennsylvanian 38-year-old Chipotle worker over critical tweets was illegal and ordered the company to hire him back and pay his lost wages. The judge ruled that the social media rules issued by Chipotle to its workers violated federal labor laws. She also ordered the company to post signs in their restaurants stating that the company’s social media is illegal.
In January 2015, James Kennedy was working at a Havertown, PA Chipotle when he posted a reply on Twitter to a free food offer. The tweet read “@ChipotleTweets, nothing is free, only cheap #labor. Crew members make only $8.50hr how much is that steak bowl really?” Kennedy later deleted the tweet after a manager mentioned the now illegal social media policy. He was fired two weeks later after circulating a petition regarding scheduled breaks.
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Chipotle’s decision to retaliate against Kennedy received a strong rebuke from the courts. Perona, Langer, Beck, Serbin and Harrison has a dedicated team of attorneys and staff focused on helping workers whom have been mistreated at the hands of their employers. See our employment law practice area if you’ve been mistreated, discriminated, or harassed at work.