HOUSTON, TX - Things have not been easy for Chipotle lately. Just as the Mexican grill is trying to flush away the infamous e coli episode, a former employee is suing the company for alleged sexual assault.
"We allege that it started off as inappropriate sexual touchings," said Attorney Adrian Villacorta, "and we also alleged that those touchings further progressed to full blown sexual assaults."
Villacorta says his client was 16 years old when her 26-year-old supervisor started harassing her.
"These incidents occurred approximately between March and April of 2014, through sometime in July of 2014," he added.
The lawyer claims the incident took place at the Eldridge Parkway location, in the Energy Corridor. The civil lawsuit was filed on December of 2014 against the restaurant's assistant manager, the manager - who allegedly knew about the assault but did nothing- and the company, for allegedly allowing something like this to happen.
"We feel that we have sufficient evidence to show that the next level manager knew about it and failed to take appropriate remedial action," expressed Villacorta.
We reached out to Chipotle to hear their side of the story, but we're still waiting for their response.
"Chipotle has been denying all liability throughout every course of this lawsuit," Villacorta claims.
So now the parties are going to trial, which is expected to start around March 14. The plaintiff is seeking at least $1 million in compensation for damages. She claims she left Chipotle because of the hostile work environment. According to Villacorta, the company says she quit.
The assistant manager has never been charged with a crime and has apparently fled the country. Something does not taste right here.