A Pizza Hut franchise in Florida threatened to punish employees who evacuated for too long during Hurricane Irma.
“You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!” a manager said in a notice to employees at a restaurant in Jacksonville, CNN reported. “Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call / no show and documentation will be issued.”
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry began ordering a mandatory evacuation for certain parts of the city on Friday.
The Pizza Hut notice gave employees a 24-hour “grace period” before the storm, according to a photo shared on social media on Sunday. “In the event of an evacuation, you MUST return within 72 HOURS,” it said.
“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,” Pizza Hut said in a statement. “We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved.”
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Hurricane Irma, which prompted hundreds of thousands to evacuate their Florida homes, sparked questions about whether evacuating could get them fired. According to legal experts, for a person working a non-union private sector job, it could.