Pizza Hut says firing of manager who refused to work Thanksgiving was ‘unfortunate'; franchisee to ask employee back

Pizza Hut ThanksgivingPizza Hut has released a statement on its web site and via social media concerning a franchisee who allegedly fired an employee for refusing to open on Thanksgiving Day. The manager of an Elkhart, Indiana store, Tony Rohr, says Thanksgiving and Christmas are historically the only two days the company is closed and he was let go of his 10-year position with the company when he said he would not work the holiday, nor make the other store employees work. Store officials claim he quit.

In its public statement, the company calls the event –– which received attention by both the media and consumers –– an “unfortunate situation” and said corporate officials have asked the franchisee to reinstate Rohr in his position. Rohr told CNN he has not yet decided if he will accept.

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