Pizza Hut to Thanksgiving Rebel: Have Your Job Back
Firing a 'serious error,' head office says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2013 3:45 AM CST
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(Newser) – Score one for the spend-Thanksgiving-at-home team: A Pizza Hut general manager in Indiana who says he was fired for refusing to open the store today has been told he can have his job back if he wants it. The head office apparently stepped in amid a deluge of bad publicity after Tony Rohr, who had worked at the restaurant for more than a decade, appeared in the media saying he lost his job because he wanted employees to have the day off. The local franchise "made a serious error in judgment, one which we hope to help remedy," Pizza Hut's corporate office tells CNN. .

"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," the office said in a statement. "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." No word on whether Rohr has accepted the offer. In New Hampshire, meanwhile, a Sears franchise owner says she has rejected head office's order to open up tonight.