Chipotle Executives’ Pay Slashed After Food Poisoning Outbreaks
March 15, 2016 – The co-chief executives of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., which has struggled with multiple food poisoning outbreaks across the U.S., saw their total compensation cut roughly by half in 2015 from a year earlier and didn’t receive bonuses, according to the Wall Street Journal. Steve Ells’s pay incentives fell 52% from $28.9 million in 2014 to $13.8 million in 2015, while Monty Moran’s total compensation dropped from $28.1 million to $13.6 million. Investors said the decision was the result of tanking stock price and continued health scares.
What’s the Problem?
Ventura County Public Health reported that at least 98 customers and 17 employees were sickened on August 18 and 19 after eating at the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1263 Simi Town Center Way in Simi Valley, CA. After customers reported the illnesses to Chipotle, the restaurant contacted health department officials and closed to clean and bring in new food before re-opening the next day for lunch.
A subsequent inspection cited the restaurant for the following violations:
• Unsanitary premises and/or floors, walls or ceiling
• Equipment and/or utensils are not clean, fully operative and in good condition
• Flying insects were observed inside the restaurant
• Food handlers do not possess a valid food handler card and/or records as required
• Equipment is connected directly to the sewer
Wall and/or ceiling surfaces are deteriorated and/or damaged
Restroom is unclean and in disrepair
DOJ to Investigate Chipotle Norovirus Outbreak
January 8, 2016 – The U.S. Justice Department has launched an investigation into a norovirus outbreak that occurred at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in California last summer, according to CNBC. Chipotle disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California had served the company with a grand jury subpoena last month as part of a criminal investigation by that office and the FDA.
Norovirus is an extremely contagious virus that causes inflammation of the stomach and large intestine lining (gastroenteritis). The condition was originally referred to as the Norwalk virus, after the town of Norwalk, Ohio, the location of the 1st confirmed outbreak in 1972.
Symptoms of norovirus include:
- Abdominal pain/cramps
- Low-grade fever
- Muscle pain
There is currently no specific treatment for norovirus infection, and the illness cannot be treated with an antibiotic because it is a viral (not a bacterial) infection. Recovery typically depends on the health of the patient’s immune system.
If you been diagnosed with norovirus, it’s important to replace lost fluids. If you’re unable to drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration, you may need to be administered fluids intravenously. In most people, norovirus usually resolves within a few days.
Do I Have a Chipotle Norovirus Class Action Lawsuit?
The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Chipotle lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new norovirus cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you got food poisoning from Chipotle, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a class action suit and our lawyers can help.