Chipotle is paying $600,000 in combined fines to three Cincinnati-area women who sued the company over gender discrimination.
On Monday, a federal grand jury determined that the former general managers were discriminated against and fired because of their gender.
The trial began two weeks ago. The women in the case claimed they were held to different standards than male general managers.
“We put everything into Chipotle,” former Chipotle general manager Tina Reynolds said.
Reynolds said she would work 70 to 80 hours a week, sacrificing time at home with her family.
All three women say the hiring of a new manager started their problems.
“I had made a complaint to the team leader about some things that were going on that I wasn’t comfortable with and wasn’t happy with,” former general manager Stephanie Ochoa said. “From that time on, my career at Chipotle just kept getting harder and harder.”
Reynolds told the court she was held to a different standard than her male counterparts.
“He just started making me do other things that he wouldn’t ask the males at all,” Reynolds said. “The biggest thing was the audits (and) performance reviews.”
While her male co-workers were getting worse audits, she were only reprimanded while she was fired.
“Why am I being treated like this when I am doing a great job?” Reynolds said.
Seven female general managers at Cincinnati-area stores had similar complaints during the same period.
“They were excluded from conversations, looked over in the conversations, not asked for input and then, in more egregious ways, there were comments,” attorney Kelly Myers said. “Miss Rogers was told there was too much estrogen in the store. Miss Rogers was told that there were too many overweight women in the store.”
The federal jury agreed that the women were wrongfully terminated based on their gender.
In damning testimony the area manager who discriminated against the women said they had not received any training on discrimination statutes or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission laws while employed with Chipotle.
Chipotle filed a motion to dismiss the case in 2013 and denied any wrongdoing at the time.