Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Florida Pizza Hut Takes Heat For Threatening Workers Fleeing Irma

Pizza Hut is under fire after a Florida location restricted workers' Hurricane Irma evacuations, in violation of the chain's Florida Pizza Hut threatens to punish employees planning to flee Irma in viral note
Stacy Diaz | 13 September, 2017, 00:48

We are uncompromising in our commitment to the safety and well-being of our team members.

Because of this Pizza Hut received backlash on social media for appearing to threaten its low-wage employees.

"You can not evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!" adding that after the 24-hour grace period, team members are expected to work their assigned shifts. The precise time the memo was posted was not certain. "After the storm, we need all TM's available to get the store up and running and serve our communities as needed". The employees who hadn't applied for an off for evacuation that day were supposed to show up or else there would be a no call/no documentation would be issued against them.

Users on Twitter had an immediate negative response to this tweet, saying that Company bothers more of its profits than its employees.

In a memo that was later leaked on social media, evacuated staff were told they "MUST return within 72 HOURS".

The catastrophic storm, once a Category 5 hurricane, made its way through Jacksonville early Monday, Sept. 11, turning streets into rivers and causing downed trees and power lines.

Governor Rick Scott also urged employers in Florida on Friday to "be compassionate with your employees as they prepare for this storm and evacuate", according to Snopes.

Speaking with Business Insider, a Pizza Hut spokesperson said a single manager at the Jacksonville location was responsible for the memo, which violated the chain's guidelines.

In a now-viral post on Twitter, a Pizza Hut team member shared a photo of a printout pinned to a cork board that advised Pizza Hut employees on hurricane "guidelines".

In a statement to USA TODAY, Pizza Hut spokesman Doug Terfehr called the memo an "isolated incident by an employee who showed very poor judgement", and said the franchise's operator addressed the manager over the issue.