Lawyer: Fired Popeyes Manager Seeking $5.5M

Marissa Holcomb deserves damages for robbery aftermath, attorney says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2015 8:11 AM CDT
Marissa Holcomb is now set to work at a different Popeyes.   (LotusNews)

(Newser) – Marissa Holcomb did get her job back after Popeyes fired her for not reimbursing the fast-food restaurant for cash taken during a robbery, but that's not all the pregnant employee may get. She's seeking $5.5 million in damages for emotional distress, per a letter attorney Marc Bozeman says he crafted to let Popeyes know it's "not gonna get away with it," KHOU reports. "The idea that Popeyes demand that she reimburse the restaurant for money that was stolen, through no fault of her own, is obscene," the letter says, per Reuters.

Bozeman says he's giving Popeyes and franchisee Z&H Foods 30 days to respond before he files the lawsuit. As for the amount, Holcomb says she left that all up to Bozeman and was actually expecting him to seek "thousands"; he tells KHOU he's not actually expecting $5.5 million, but wanted to get the companies' attention. Holcomb, meanwhile, is scheduled to start back at Popeyes today—at a new location, KHOU notes.

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