Chipotle is once again facing public backlash after several customers became
sick while dining at one of its restaurants. Multiple people allege they
became ill after dining at a Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia. An investigation
revealed norovirus, a highly contagious virus, was to blame for the outbreak.
Norovirus is commonly referred to as the “stomach flu.”
According to Chipotle, the norovirus outbreak occurred because store managers
were not following company sick leave policies. Chipotle employees have
also confirmed that the relaxed enforcement of sick leave policies is
to blame. During an interview with CNBC, employees claimed they had been
forced to work while sick. Employees claim their jobs were threatened
if they did not come into work, even though they were suffering from a
This is not the first time Chipotle has faced criticism for its cleanliness
standards. In 2015, more than 140 people became sick with norovirus after
eating at a Chipotle in Boston. During 2015, Chipotle also dealt with
an E. coli outbreak that resulted in 60 cases of food poisoning and 22
Can Norovirus or Food Poisoning Be Fatal?
While norovirus frequently causes in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever,
it can also be fatal. However, in cases where the person who is infected
has a compromised or weak immune system, norovirus can result in death.
Restaurants are legally obligated to ensure their policies and products
do not harm consumers. In some cases, food-borne illnesses and other contagions
can result in serious injury or death. For example, tainted strawberries
served at a Tropical Smoothie restaurant in Virginia last year caused
a number of cases of hepatitis A, a disease that can result in liver damage
or liver failure in severe cases.
If you or a loved one suffered harm while eating a restaurant or after
buying a food product, you may have legal options to pursue damages against
the parties who are responsible.
Washington DC food poisoning lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you learn whether you have legal options
to pursue damages.