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Hernandez v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., B216004

In plaintiff's suit against Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. on his behalf and on behalf of a proposed class of similarly situated nonmanagerial employees, alleging Chipotle violated labor laws by denying employees meal and rest breaks, trial court's order denying certification is affirmed, where: 1) consistent with the Supreme Court's holding in Brinker, employers need only provide employees with breaks; and 2) the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying certification, as there is substantial evidence supporting its ruling that individual issues predominate, the time records do not show that plaintiff can prove on a classwide basis that the employer failed to provide employees with breaks, and there is substantial evidence of conflicts of interest among the putative class members.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/30/2012
  • Published 08/30/2012


  • Grimes


  • California Court of Appeal