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Chipotle Mexican Grill sued by EEOC for disability discrimination

The EEOC filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., a Colorado-based nationwide restaurant chain.

According to the EEOC, Chipotle discriminated against an employee, Amanda Connell, by firing her the day after she came to work with a bandaged shunt in her arm for IV treatment of cystic fibrosis.

The EEOC claims that when Connell came to work in March 2012 with her arm bandaged, two of her bosses asked her about the bandage.

Connell was fired the following day allegedly for being the subject of a customer complaint. The EEOC claims that Chipotle used the customer complaint as an excuse to fire Connell.

Chipotle disability discrimination lawsuit

According to the EEOC, Chipotle’s own time records show that Connell was not working during the time indicated on the customer complaint.

EEOC attorney Elizabeth Grossman said, “Firing someone because of her disability, real or imagined, is against federal law. This agency will vigorously prosecute cases where employers make negative employment decisions due to improper stereotyping of medical conditions.”

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