Pizza Hut is attempting to smooth over a scandal from last week that resulted in a Elkhart, Indiana manager being fired after he refused to make his employees work on Thanksgiving. According to a statement on their Facebook page, the whole incident "could and should have been avoided." They claim former manager Tony Rohr has been offered his job back, although according to a local news report below, Rohr has yet to accept the position.
According to Pizza Hut's statement, "the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving." Yet despite Rohr's efforts and the subsequent loss of his job, the Pizza Hut in question was in fact open from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day, according to WSBT. Below, the full Pizza Hut statement and an interview with Rohr.
Pizza Hut Statement on Elkhart, Indiana
Update on Elkhart, IN: 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.
Video: Pizza Hut boss who refused to force staff to work Thanksgiving says he's no hero
· Ex-Elkhart Pizza Hut manager: 'I'm proud of what I did' [WSBT]
· Pizza Hut boss who refused to force staff to work Thanksgiving says he's no hero [CNN]
· All Pizza Hut Coverage on Eater [-E-]