Chipotle Mexican Grill disregards employee’s rights
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Chipotle Mexican Grill’s social media code of conduct was unlawful because, among other things, it prohibited employees from posting tweets about adverse working conditions. According to the NLRB, such speech was protected concerted activity for the purpose of mutual and or protection. When Chipotle’s manager forced the employee to delete his posts, it violated federal labor law. The post, the employee argued, was about issues affecting more than just him.
Restaurants owners and managers should take note of this ruling and amend any policy that restricts an employee’s rights to freedom of speech about working conditions or wages. There is still room to prohibit disparaging comments about the company or brand but they must be limited to speech that is not directed to working conditions, wages, or terms of employment.
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