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Indiana man says he was fired from Pizza Hut for refusing to work on Thanksgiving

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Posted at 11:48 AM, Nov 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-27 11:48:52-05

The general manager of a Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana says he lost his job because he refused to open the restaurant on Thanksgiving.

Tony Rohr told WSBT that he’s worked at Pizza Hut for more than 10 years and he doesn’t think people should have to work on a holiday like Thanksgiving.

He started at Pizza Hut as a cook and worked his way up to being a general manager.

According to WSBT, Rohr was told opening on Thanksgiving this year was mandatory, so at a meeting with his superiors he decided to take a stand.

“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 told his bosses that he would not open on Thanksgiving and in return, he was told to sign a letter of resignation.

He refused, instead writing a letter explaining his position to his bosses.

In the letter he wrote, “I am not quitting. I do not resign, however 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,” his letter went on to say.

WSBT says they tried contacting Pizza Hut headquarters but did not hear back.

As for Rohr, his girlfriend and family support his actions. He’s still unemployed and looking for a new job, but he says it was worth it.