March 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
Havertown, Penn – The Chipotle fast-food chain must offer to rehire a worker it fired after he criticized the company on Twitter, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Mar. 16.
James Kennedy, 38, got axed from his job in a Philadelphia suburb in February 2015 after he responded to a customer’s Twitter post with “nothing is free, only cheap #labor. Crew members make only $8.50hr how much is that steak bowl really?” He was terminated for violating the company’s social-media policy two weeks later, after he’d circulated a petition about workers being unable to take breaks. Administrative law judge Susan Flynn ruled that Chipotle's social-media rules violated federal labor laws. She also ordered the company to pay Kennedy the wages he’d lost. Kennedy, who now has a union job with American Airlines, said he’d like to take his back pay in food. "You cannot deny that their food is delicious, but their labor policies were atrocious," he said. Read more