Fast Food Health Hit-Or-Miss

This Tweet Got A Chipotle Employee Fired, Here’s How He Fought Back

After taking into consideration all of the crazy shit that Chipotle has been in the news for lately, it’s a bit baffling to me that they continue to flex their consistently deflating muscle. After all, you would think that spreading the norovirus, dealing with an E. Coli outbreak and allowing salmonella to take root in the food would be enough to keep the Chipotle powers at bay. One employee, however, was not spared the rod.

James Kennedy, 38, was fired from Chipotle last year after his superiors caught wind of a questionable tweet he tweeted. In fact, Kennedy’s comments were actually just a response to another member of the twitterverse claiming they received a free meal. Kennedy responded by saying, “@ChipotleTweets, nothing is free, only cheap #labor. Crew members make only $8.50hr how much is that steak bowl really?”

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According to Matt Stone from Law Newz, Kennedy was initially warned about the tweet and was asked to take it down. He ended up getting fired two weeks later after circulating a petition claiming that Chipotle’s employees don’t get breaks. Chipotle representatives have been claiming the two issues are separate and were judged as so, yet anyone can see that it’s quite likely that Kennedy was fired thanks to a combination of the two. Kennedy felt as though he was wrongly terminated, and after Judge Susan Flynn ruled in his favor and pointed out what Chipotle did wrong, it was easy to see that he was right.

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Judge Flynn determined that Kennedy’s comments were not to be considered “disparaging, false” comments, as Kennedy was initially told by his supervisor. Rather, she decided that Chipotle’s rules on posting to social media violated federal labor laws, resulting in her verdict ordering the massive fast food chain to give him his job back, pay him for lost wages and to start posting signs clarifying the employee policies.

“You cannot deny that their food is delicious, but their labor policies were atrocious,” said Kennedy shortly after Judge Flynn made her ruling.



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NYC Restaurant Eliminates Tips, Offers Servers Benefits Instead


A New York city sushi restaurant is shaking things up by refusing to accept tips. Don’t worry though, it’s not a scheme to deprive servers of their hard-earned cash — Sushi Yasuda makes up for the lack of tips by providing its employees with a salary and a benefits package containing vacation days, sick leave, and health insurance. That’s a pretty sweet deal, especially in an industry where many servers work for as little as $2.13 an hour because of the belief that they make enough in tips to bridge the gap between pocket change and minimum wage. And Sushi Yasuda even includes a classy little disclaimer on their receipt so that customers don’t get confused by the unconventional system:


All in all, we’re impressed by Sushi Yasuda’s dedication to making a difference in the service industry. We’re not sure if their way of doing things will catch on in the rest of the good old U S of A, but we’d definitely be down to see more servers with vacation leave and sick pay. Keep on doing what you’re doing, Sushi Yasuda.

H/T + PicThnx ThinkProgress