A Pizza Hut manager was fired because he refused to work on Thanksgiving. It seems Walmart isn’t the only company that allegedly puts its profits ahead of its employees.
Tony Rohr of Elkhart, Indiana, worked his way from the kitchen all the way up to managing his own store. All of those years with the company apparently didn’t mean anything to the corporation.
The policy change was a recent one. In the past, Pizza Hut stores could close during the Holidays, and it wasn’t considered a violation of company policy. Tony Rohr said that his employees shouldn’t have to work on those days, and he’s standing by his beliefs. Unfortunately, that meant that the company decided to let him go.
The fired Pizza Hut manager isn’t taking it hard though and says he was planning to spend the Holidays with his girlfriend and family anyway. On his termination, Tony added in his letter of explanation:
“I am not quitting, I do not resign however I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company. I hope you realize that it’s the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible.”
Tony Rohr told the local press:
“I said why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off. 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.”
— Scarecrow (@Scarecrows1) November 26, 2013
The fired Pizza Hut manager’s girlfriend and family support his decision. His girlfriend Rachel Wible said she was shocked, and felt something would happen, but wasn’t sure. She said she’s proud that Tony Rohr stood up for his beliefs.
Tony pointed out that the decision to keep the store open on Thanksgiving was not an individual’s idea, but a company policy change. He believes it was wrong of Pizza Hut to force its stores to remain open on the only days its employees could look forward to having off.
This disturbing trend seems to be spreading throughout businesses across the US, and some might claim it’s the economy taking its toll. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Walmart and K-Mart are two other companies forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving. Even though Pizza Hut manager Tony Rohr was fired, he is not alone in his beliefs.