Chipotle Mexican Grill has agreed to pay $240,000 to former employees following a complaint that the company violated federal law by closing a restaurant where workers wanted to unionize. Last year, Chipotle closed its Augusta, Maine, location after workers filed a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) petition for a union election. The NLRB later declared that the closure was illegal. The settlement states that two dozen employees will receive payments from Chipotle and they will be placed on a preferential hiring list for other Maine locations. In addition, the company must post a notice in dozens of New England stores that it won’t close stores or discriminate against employees who support unions. There are currently 10 other open unfair labor practice cases against Chipotle.

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