The national fast food chain restaurant Chipotle experienced an E.coli outbreak that made 52 people sick and caused some of its 1900 locations to shut down permanently. And then the company had to deal with a norovirus outbreak that infected 141 people in Boston. Chipotle founder and CEO Steve Ellis wrote an open letter saying it will never happen. Part of his plan is to close all of the restaurants for one day, February 8, 2016, a day reserved for a company-wide meeting which will emphasis food safety.
Before the E.coli outbreak, Ellis came under fire for his compensation package. In 2014, Ellis received $28.9 million in cash and stock. That was a 15% increase from the year before. Note: Chipotle did deliver strong returns in 2014, and the stock increased nearly 29%. Note: Chipotle pays its workers an average of $8.57 an hour, a little more than Panera ($8.36)