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Denial of class certification in plaintiff's suit against Chipotle Restaurant for violation of labor laws
Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., B216004, concerned a plaintiff's suit against the California Mexican chain-restaurant, Chipotle, on his behalf and on behalf of a proposed class of similarly situated nonmanagerial employees, claiming that defendant violated labor laws by denying employees meal and rest breaks.
In affirming the trial court's denial of plaintiff's motion for class certification, the court held that employers need only provide employees with breaks. The court also held that there is substantial evidence supporting the trial court ruling that individual issues predominate, and that the time records do not demonstrate plaintiff can prove on a classwide basis that defendant failed to provide employees with breaks. Also, plaintiff's evidence of sampling of employee testimony does not undermine the trial court's ruling. Lastly, there is substantial evidence of conflicts of interest among the putative class members.