The owners of a New Zealand location of Pita Pit have started a media shitstorm by firing two employees via Facebook. The wrap sandwich shop, located near Victoria University in Wellington, recently had a change of ownership. According to Stuff, when employees checked the new management's schedule on a private Facebook group, a couple of them noticed their names were missing and, upon further inquiry, were messaged "You don't have a job anymore." One of the women had worked at the Pita Pit for a year and eight months, and the other had worked there for a year before taking some time off for knee surgery.
We've sent a representative to Wellington today to work through the issues highlighted. The Pita Pit culture is to treat all team members with respect and Pita Pit New Zealand are committed to ensuring an outcome whereby an amicable resolution is gained for all parties. This is an isolated situation so we hope you'll go easy on our other franchisees.
It seems that in the digital age, firing employees online is an increasingly common phenomenon. In October, a buzzy Sacramento restaurant laid off its entire staff via email. And right before Christmas, a Chicago sandwich chain fired its entire staff via email in order to "reconcept." Very cool everybody.