Pennsylvania Chipotle reopens after walkout

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A Chipotle restaurant in State College, Pennsylvania, reopened after it was closed for several hours Wednesday. A few employees had quit, locking out a majority of the other workers who were "enthusiastic" to return, a Chipotle spokesman told Thursday.

According to website Consumerist, a sign in the window of the Pennsylvania location Wednesday claimed managers and crew members quit in protest of "borderline sweatshop conditions."

A sign taped to a window read, "Ask our corporate offices why their employees are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions," according to the sign.

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"Our Penn State restaurant was closed part of the day yesterday when a few employees quit, locking out a majority of others who are enthusiastic to return to work," company spokesman Chris Arnold said in an e-mail.

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Chipotle Mexican Grill runs a chain of more than 1,500 restaurants that have helped put the fast-casual category of restaurants on the food map. Fast-casual dining promises higher quality food without table service.

During an investor call with Wall Street analysts in January, Chipotle co-CEO Monty Moran said average wages were at $9 an hour, and that a move to $10 would have an effect on the company, "but not too significant." That wage range already is higher than $7.25, the current, hourly federal minimum wage. Recent efforts to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour have stalled.

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