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Chipotle At Odds with Immigration Activists

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Workers protest the way they were fired from Chipotle on Wednesday. Many say they are also owed vacation pay and bonuses.
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Workers protest the way they were fired from Chipotle on Wednesday. Many say they are also owed vacation pay and bonuses.

The protesters believe the workers' rights were violated. A few dozen people chanted they weren’t done fighting with Chipotle, but if the protest was small, the issue is huge.

How should a company deal with employees it believes are undocumented?

The workers say Chipotle showed them the door with no notice or explanation. They claim they're owed vacation pay and two weeks severance.

Herlinda Mendoza spoke through an interpreter, quoting the company's slogan: "Where is that integrity of theirs?"

D.C. Council Member Michael Brown says Chipotle can fire workers, but there are standards.

"Once you have hired them then you have an obligation to pay them in full," Brown says.

William Buchanan has little sympathy for the fired workers saying they’re taking jobs from Americans.

"The unemployment rate among blacks in Ward 8 is 50 percent. Now where are these people going to get jobs if not in places like this?" he asks.

Chipotle says it has paid employees what they are owed and is willing to discuss any worker's claims.

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A WAMU Guide To The 2015 National Book Festival

Need some help navigating the schedule? We've come up with an agenda that highlights authors we’ve spoken with here at WAMU.

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The Democracy Of The Diner (Rebroadcast)

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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Sen. Mikulski's Vote Clears The Way For Obama's Deal With Iran

With the approval of Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, announced Wednesday, President Obama has secured enough support in Congress to sustain his nuclear deal with Iran.
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Environmental Outlook: How To Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says traffic in the U.S. is worse than it's been in years. But some say there are reasons to be optimistic. For this month's Environmental Outlook: How revitalized urban centers and new modes of transportation are changing how we get around our cities.

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