A manager from a Chipotle branch in Fresno, California who was sacked after being accused of stealing $600 was awarded $8 million for wrongful termination.
Ortiz was a general manager for Chipotle Mexican Grill on Shaw Avenue across from the Fresno State campus, according to The Fresno Bee.
The jury overseeing the case believed Ortiz to be a victim of an internal scheme to defame her in relation to a worker's compensation claim she filed because of an injured wrist.
However, when Ms Ortiz asked to see the surveillance video, her bosses said it had been destroyed. Ortiz was "well-liked", but the company claimed she had violated their trust by allegedly stealing the money, according to an attorney who defended Chipotle. Ortiz refused and believes this refusal was the reason she was sacked. Punitive damages are reserved to punish the defendant to discourage them from repeating their actions in the future.
(File picture) An ex-manager of a Chipotle restaurant in Fresno, California, has been rewarded $8 million for wrongful dismissal by a jury. Now she can be called a millionaire.
Jeanette Ortiz worked for the chain for 14 years. Jurors awarded Ortiz $6 million for emotional misery and $1.97 million for lack of wages, in accordance with the Bee.
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