Pizza Hut re-hires manager who refused to work Thanksgiving

After being fired for refusing to open his restaurant on Thanksgiving, a Pizza Hut manager has his job back, is reporting.

Rohr, who worked his way up from cook to general manager at the
company, was told it was mandatory to keep his Elkhart, Ind., store open
on the holiday.

“I just decided I wasn't going to agree to it,”
Rohr said. “All of these people the whole year had been told they were
going to have the day off.”

Luckily for him, Pizza Hut stepped
in and “strongly recommended” that the local franchise hire him back,
saying the company respects “an employee's right to not work on a

Pizza Hut issued this statement Thursday morning:

follow up to the situation in Elkhart, Ind., we feel strongly that the
situation involving our independent franchisee and the local store
manager could and should have been avoided. We fully respect an
employee's right to not work on a holiday, which is why the vast
majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving. As a
result, we strongly recommended that the local franchisee reinstate the
store manager and they have agreed. We look forward to them welcoming
Tony back to the team”

Rohr said that in his 10 years with the company, this was the first time any location had asked him to work on Thanksgiving.

Many spots are opening in an effort to squeeze out extra sales from holiday shoppers.

just said it was a competitive decision and that everyone was open, so
we will be too,” Rohr added. “I said, 'Why can't we be the company that
stands up and says we care about our employees, and let them have the
day off?'”

Rohr said earlier that he had no regrets about pushing back.

“No, not at all,” he said. “I'm glad I did that.”

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