Chipotle is facing a lawsuit from a federal agency accusing the restaurant chain of religious harassment and retaliation after one of its Kansas store managers appeared to remove an employee’s hijab.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges that in 2021, an assistant manager at a Chipotle in Lenexa, Kansas, repeatedly asked employees to remove their hijabs. When she refused, he allegedly grabbed her scarf and partially removed it. Associated Press.
The complaint goes on to say that the manager’s “aggressive and constant requests” for female employees to remove their hijabs are “unwelcome, intentional, religiously harsh, and religiously hostile.” “We have created a good working environment.”
Later, Chipotle CEO Lori Sharrow said the company encourages employees to report concerns, including through an anonymous hotline.
“Our company has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind and has terminated the employee in question,” she said in an email, according to the report.
The harassment appears to have begun in July 2021, when a restaurant manager asked employees to remove their hijabs so that their hair could be seen. According to the complaint, the manager asked to see the woman’s hair more than 10 times over the course of a month.
She refused on every occasion because she wore it because of her religious beliefs.
As the harassment continued, the female employee complained to another supervisor that she had “made her feel uncomfortable.” However, reports said no further action was taken against the coach.
Then, one night in August 2021, the manager allegedly reached out and partially pulled the hijab off the employee’s head. The employee submitted his two-week notice the next day.
The complaint alleges that the woman was not scheduled to work regularly within two weeks, even though other non-Muslim employees had also given two weeks’ notice. .
The complaint alleges that Chipotle violates federal rights laws that protect employees and job applicants from discrimination of any kind based on religion, race, ethnicity, sex, or national origin.
The report noted that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission wants Chipotle to implement policies that provide equal employment opportunities to all employees, regardless of religion. The restaurant is also seeking damages for its employees.
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