(WJLA) - While some shoppers may love spending their Thanksgiving out and about, that doesn’t mean workers do. And for Tony Rohr in Elkhart, Indiana, it may have left him out of a job.
"I said, 'Why can't we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees and they can have the day off?'" he said.
As manager of this Indiana Pizza Hut, he said he wouldn’t open up on Thanksgiving – and when asked to resign, he claims he refused.
"Thanksgiving and Christmas are the only two days that they're closed in the whole year. And they're the only two days that those people are guaranteed to have off and spend it with their families," he said.
Instead, he says he wrote his bosses a letter stating:
"I hope you realize that it's the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible."
Whether he was fired or not, his bosses are disputing that Rohr was let go. And now, Rohr is receiving national attention, including from Pizza Hut headquarters.
On Facebook, it was posted: “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 franchise reinstate the store manager and they have agreed."
Earlier on Thursday, Rohr said he did finally get a call from his boss Wednesday night, but he has not called back. He’s not sure if he wants to return to the store where he worked his way up – or if it’s time to look elsewhere.