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Teen gets $7M in sexual assault lawsuit against Chipotle

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A teen who claimed she was sexually harassed by managers at a Houston, Texas Chipotle has won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the restaurant chain.

The 16-year-old girl said she was repeatedly sexually harassed by two managers at the restaurant on Eldridge Parkway in the energy corridor in west Houston.

"It was definitely hard. I never expected it to be like that. I just went there to work and earn some money and I never expected that from managers to treat women like they're not supposed to be treated,” the identified teen said.

Attorney Ben Hall represented the girl who said one manager repeatedly sexually assaulted her while he said a second manager helped make it happen for four months in 2013.

"And the evidence showed that one of the supervisors had more than 50 unprotected sexual intercourses with this child and oral sex,” Hall said.

Hall said, on average, the sexual encounters happened every three-and-a-half days.

The now 19-year-old woman sued Chipotle and two of its managers in Harris County District Court. This week, a jury awarded her $7.65 million.

"In the words of the jury, they had made up their mind the first week and they wanted to make sure that the little 16-year-old was taken care of for the rest of her life,” Hall said.

Chipotle released a statement saying it does everything it can to protect its employees.

It also said, "None of our employees were made aware of this relationship which took place outside of work. We learned of it only when the former employee's parents demanded money and filed a lawsuit, and by that time neither of the employees worked for the company any longer."

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