Three Ohio women who filed a federal lawsuit accusing Chipotle Mexican Grill of gender discrimination have been awarded a total of about $600,000 in damages.
A U.S. District Court jury in Cincinnati found the Denver-based chain liable after determining it terminated the three former general managers on the basis of gender and violated the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The Cincinnati-area women were awarded about $200,000 each.
A former manager was described in court as telling at least one of the women that there “sure are a lot of overweight women working here.”
An attorney for the women said that they hope the decision will help other working women.
There was no response to a call and an email seeking comment from the company.