Teen wins $7M in lawsuit against Chipotle

Attorney: One manager repeatedly sexually assaulted her

HOUSTON, TX. (CNN) – A teen who claimed she was sexually harassed by managers at a Houston Chipotle has won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the restaurant chain.

The victim, who is not being identified, said, “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.”

Ben Hall, the victim’s attorney, said, “It’s almost like a brothel that just served food. That’s the best way to characterize this restaurant.

Attorney Hall represented the girl who said one manager repeatedly sexually assaulted her while he said a second manager helped make it happen for four months in 2013. “And the evidence showed that one of the supervisors had more than 50 unprotected sexual intercourses with this child and oral sex.”

Hall said, on average, the sexual encounters happened every three and a half days.

The now 19-year-old girl sued Chipotle and two of its managers in Harris County District Court. This week, a jury awarded her $7.65 million.

Atty. Hall said, “In the words of the jury, they had made up their mind the first week and they wanted to make sure that the little 16-year-old was taken care of for the rest of her life.”

Chipotle released a statement saying it does everything it can to protect its employees.

It also said, “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.”

Now the victim lives out of state. She said, “I’m just glad that it’s over and justice was made.”

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