A Yum! Brands’ (YUM) Pizza Hut franchise in Florida threatened its employees with disciplinary action if they evacuated ahead of a “24-hour period before storm grace period,” according to an employee memo posted in the restaurant and shared on social media.
The memo said employees must return from an evacuation within 72 hours. “Failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued,” the memo stated.
“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,” the company said in a statement cited by multiple media outlets. “We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved.”