In January, restaurant chain Mexican Grill shut down in the U.S. after it was accused of violating anti-discrimination laws by firing its Mexican workers.
Last week, two Chicago-area restaurants filed a lawsuit alleging that the company discriminated against employees based on race and religion.
The companies also allege that their former manager was fired after he tried to get them fired, a claim the company has denied.
In the lawsuit, filed on Monday in the Southern District of Illinois, the owners of The Mexican Grill and the other restaurants contend that the restaurant chain violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to adequately compensate them for their work and not adequately addressing the alleged discrimination.
The lawsuits, filed in federal court in Chicago, are the latest in a long line of claims filed against the chain, which is owned by a Mexican conglomerate and operates in more than 50 countries around the world.
“It’s a sad day when a company that’s supposed to be serving the Mexican community doesn’t,” said David Rieder, who owns the restaurant in Chicago and was among the plaintiffs in the first lawsuit filed.
“We’re all victims here.
This is a great company, but they have not cared about the Latino community.
They don’t care about the Hispanic community.”