A teenager who claims she was sexually assaulted by two Chipotle managers at a restaurant in Texas has successfully sued the chain for $7.65 million.
The then 16-year-old took the chain to court after a string of alleged incidents in 2013, back when she worked at the restaurant.
The lawsuit claims that one manager repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl, while another manager knew and allowed it to happen, reports Click2Houston.
The victim spoke out after the jury awarded her the huge payout:
It was definitely hard. I never expected it to be like that. I just went there to work and earn some money and I never expected that from managers to treat women like they're not supposed to be treated.
Her attorney, Ben Hall, added,
It's almost like a brothel that just served food. That's the best way to characterize this restaurant.
Chipotle said in a statement,
We care deeply about all of our employees, but even our rigorous policies specifically designed to protect our employees cannot prevent private relationships that happen away from the workplace during non-work hours, such as occurred in this case. We continue to offer our support for this former employee, and hope for her well-being. Chipotle goes to great lengths to provide safe and productive work environments. We have internal policies, procedures and training to address issues and potential problems between employees if ever they arise.
None of our employees were made aware of this relationship, which took place outside of work. We learned of it only when the former employee's parents demanded money and filed a lawsuit, and by that time neither of the employees worked for the company any longer.
No criminal charges were brought against either of the managers.