Manager Says Pizza Hut Fired Him For Refusing To Open On Thanksgiving

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

ELKHART, Ind. (CBS Cleveland) — A former Pizza Hut manager claims he was fired because he refused to open for Thanksgiving.

Tony Rohr — who is the manager for Pizza Hut’s Elkhart restaurant — told WSBT-TV that he stood up for what he thought was right when his superiors told him at a meeting that it was mandatory Pizza Hut locations would be open for Thanksgiving.

“I said, ‘Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they have the day off?’” Rohr explained to WSBT.

Rohr stated that Thanksgiving, along with Christmas, should be spent with families and not working.

“Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they’re closed in the whole year and they’re the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families,” Rohr told WSBT.

Rohr claims his bosses told him to sign a letter of resignation.

“I am not quitting. I do not resign,” Rohr wrote in a letter to Pizza Hut, according to WSBT. “However, I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company.”

In response, the director of operations for several Pizza Hut locations in Indiana and Illinois told WSBT that Rohr quit and that it was a company decision to have restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

Rohr, who worked at Pizza Hut for more than 10 years, has not been able to find a new job yet.

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