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1. Chipotle to pay $240,000 after closing store that tried to unionize

Chipotle Mexican Grill agreed Monday to pay $240,000 to former employees to settle a lawsuit over its decision to close one of its restaurants in Maine after the workers there tried to become the chain's first outlet to unionize. Workers there had staged walkouts to protest working conditions and understaffing. Chipotle said it respected their rights but had to close the restaurant due to staffing issues. The National Labor Relations Board, which ruled the closure was illegal, sued, along with the Maine AFL-CIO labor union. The settlement requires Chipotle to pay about 20 former workers and offer them preferential hiring at other Maine restaurants, and post notices in dozens of New England outlets saying it won't discriminate against employees for union support.

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