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Chipotle sued by workers fired in Minnesota immigration audit

Protesters demonstrated at Minnesota outposts of Denver-based Chipotle last month after the company fired a significant population of its workers in that state. The dismissals came after a federal immigration audit questioned the authenticity of the documents provided by several employees regarding their eligibility to work in the United States.

"Our hands are tied," Chris Arnold, Chipotle's director of public relations, said at the time.

Now two of those former employees are suing Chipotle.

The former employees claim the company didn't pay owed wages and benefits in a timely fashion, in accordance with Minnesota law. What's more, they're seeking class-action status for all workers who were fired by the burrito chain after the immigration audit.

According to Arnold, all of the employees were given any wages due, bonuses and unused vacation at the time of their dismissal.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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