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Federal Agency Gets Involved in SJ Employee's Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Chipotle

A federal agency is stepping in on behalf of a former South Bay Chipotle employee who says he was sexually harassed by a female manager.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. after a 22-year-old employee at the North Capitol Avenue restaurant in San Jose said a former manager at that store repeatedly groped him and made sexual comments.

According to the EEOC's complaint, the manager also posted a "sex board" in her office to keep track of employees’ private sexual encounters.

The employee's attorney said after the young man complained, employees retaliated by locking him in a walk-in freezer, and the harrassment continued.

"It was a pretty sexually charged work environment," said Peter Laura, EEOC senior trial attorney. "No one should have to work like that."

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