Pizza Hut Manager Who Was Fired for Closing on Thanksgiving Gets Job Back

Manager refuses to open his store on the holiday

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After a Pizza Hut manager in Indiana announced that he had been fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving day, Pizza Hut offered him his job back.

Tony Rohr has worked at the franchise in Elkhart, Indiana, for more than 10 years. He says that when he objected to opening on the holiday, he was told to write a letter of resignation, CNN reports. “Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year,” Rohr said. “And they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off to spend with their families.”

Rohr wrote a letter explaining why the store should close and, he says, was fired shortly thereafter. The local Pizza Hut franchise says that he quit but that they have agreed to hire him back.

“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,” the corporate office said in a statement. “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 has not said whether he will take the job back.

[CNN]

8 comments
hall66
hall66

This manager exercised his prerogative and was fired for being compassionate toward his employees--HIGH FIVE TO HIM!  Shame on Pizza Hut and the moron who fired him.  Myself along with my extended family will be boycotting Pizza Hut for at least one year for their unconscionable behavior toward this manager.  Had they not offered to reinstate his job, we would be boycotting their business for LIFE.  Praise to everyone willing to stand up against these greedy and un-compassionate companies who put one day of sales above honoring long-standing American traditions and Holidays for the employees who work for them.  They (the Corporation) are deserving of heavy financial consequences for their moronic behavior!

AngelaJShirley
AngelaJShirley

What is sad about this story is the mixed messages. First of all, they state EACH franchise is ALLOWED to decide on whether they will be open or closed for Thanksgiving. Is there more to this story? Like politics or micromanaging? I am glad this man stepped up and did what was right for his franchise and his employees and later spoke about what happened. I don't think I would want my job back as I would be wondering each day if they would find another reason to let me go again. Hats off to a man that showed companies that not everyone is going to leave "quietly" and I am noticing more employees are not speaking out. This will ENCOURAGE change in the workplace and REMIND companies that employees do have rights!!!! Thank you SO MUCH for writing this article and hope to see more like it. With the media willing to write stories like this, changes will take place. Career Counseling

Openminded1
Openminded1

I would not go back to a boss like that. I would bet the franchise owner of that PH is from India, or a jew. This dirt bag owner did not want to have a claim brought against him from economic security and have this manger collecting state money. This must be a real ass hole to work for.

AriAsulin
AriAsulin

If most PH's close on the holiday, doesn't that make this a NON story?

RyanJFA
RyanJFA

@EricMaier 

 So your response to an employer being an ass is, "you should be thankful you've a job in the first place, buddy?" Gimme a break.

swikes21
swikes21

@AriAsulin No.  It is what makes it a story.  One greedy franchise owner going against the policy of Pizza Hut Corporate.  The gall the franchise owner had to make him write a letter of resignation so they could try and say they didn't fire him. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@thomasvesely @Openminded1 My name is meant to be ironic and who are you to call me a biggot and say how dare me. You must be from India or a jew which are you?