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Pizza Hut offers to rehire man fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving

Pizza Hut has offered to rehire an Elkhart employee after he refused to open the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day.
Posted on Nov. 28, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:49 p.m.

ELKHART — Pizza Hut has offered to rehire the man it fired for refusing to open on Thanksgiving, reports NBC.

Tony Rohr’s story, originally reported by WSBT 22, stirred national reactions after the 10-year employee was asked to resign for refusing to open on Thanksgiving.

Rohr, 28, told reporters at the time that he refused to resign, and wrote a letter to his superiors explaining to his boss that he believed his employees should be able to spend the holiday with family and friends.

The local franchise said Rohr wasn’t fired but quit, reports CNN.

Pizza Hut’s corporate office has acknowledged the situation on its Facebook and website, calling it “unfortunate.”

“...we are very upset by what has transpired in Elkhart, Indiana,” the statement says. “We respect an employee’s decision not to work on a holiday if they so choose, which is why the vast majority of Pizza Huts in America are closed on Thanksgiving. The stores that are open to service their local communities are staffed by team members with the willingness to work on this day as determined by their own personal situations. We will monitor and evaluate this situation closely and regret what has occurred.”

One Facebook statement says they “look forward to them welcoming Tony back to the team,” referring to the Jackson Boulevard location where Rohr originally worked.

But Rohr isn’t sure he wants to go back.

“That’s something I can’t decide right away,” he told CNN in a telephone interview. “I’ll start looking into stuff tomorrow.”

The Elkhart Truth’s immediate attempts to reach Rohr and Pizza Hut were not successful.

An automated voicemail for the Jackson Boulevard Pizza Hut states that it is closed for Thanksgiving.

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