Pizza Hut manager refuses to open on Thanksgiving, loses job

(WSBT/CNN) - The fact that many stores and restaurants being open on Thanksgiving day is nothing new, but for a restaurant manager in Indiana, his decision to take a stand against it cost him his job.

Tony Rohr, the manager of a Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Ind., was told that opening his store on Thanksgiving was going to be mandatory this year. Instead of accepting it, he decided to take a stand.

He refused to comply.

"Why can't we be the company that stands up and says, 'We care about our employees and they can have the day off'?" Rohr said.

His stand was more about his employees than him, he told WSBT, and he told his bosses that he wouldn't be opening his Pizza Hut. In response, Rohr says management told him to resign. He refused to sign the letter, and instead he wrote a letter explaining his position.

"I am not quitting. I do not resign," he wrote. "I accept that the refusal to comply with this greedy, immoral request means the end of my tenure with this company.

"I hope you realize that it's the people at the bottom of the totem pole that make your life possible."

Pizza Hut officials declined to comment at length, only saying that they consider Rohr to be an employee who quit rather than one who was fired. Meanwhile, he's currently unemployed and looking for work, but takes pride in his actions.

"They're still going to be open," he said. "I'm sure they're still going to sell pizza, but I just didn't think it was right."