This Pizza Place Threatened Workers Who Evacuated During Hurricane Irma

September 13, 2017Sep 13, 2017

Jacksonville's mayor, Lenny Curry, may have issued a mandatory evacuation for portions of the Florida city last Friday in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, but one Pizza Hut franchise didn't care. According to a report, they threatened to punish employees who left too early for the evacuation and who evacuated for too long during Hurricane Irma.

In a notice placed on the wall of the Pizza Hut, the manager told employees they couldn't leave according to the mandatory evacuation's instructions. 

This Pizza Hut location allowed employees a 24-hour "grace period" before the storm. However, if they did evacuate, then they couldn't be gone for too long.

"In the event of an evacuation, you MUST return within 72 HOURS," it continued.

Pizza Hut corporate didn't stand behind their franchise. Instead, they clarified their policy on disasters.

"We absolutely do not have a policy that dictates when team members can leave or return from a disaster, and the manager who posted this letter did not follow company guidelines," said Pizza Hut in their statement.

"We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved."

Hurricane Irma prompted evacuation notices for nearly 6 million people. It also prompted people to wonder if they could get fired if they didn't show up for their jobs.

"According to legal experts, for a person working a non-union private sector job, it could," said Time Magazine.

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