At-Will Employment, Employee Termination, Employment Law, Popeye Franchise, San Antonio Employment Law Blog, Thomas J. Crane
Popeye’s Manager Fired after Refusing to Pay for Robbery, by Thomas J. Crane, San Antonio Employment Law Blog
This is the ugly side of at-will employment. Under at-will employment, a worker can be fired for any reason, so long as the reason does not involve discrimination and a few other rare exceptions. Marissa Holcomb was fired from her job as manager at the Popeye’s in Channel View, a Houston suburb after the place was robbed. The robber took $400 from the cash register. Ms. Holcomb was told to pay back the $400 or be fired. The pregnant mother of three chose to be fired. She could not afford to pay $400, especially after risking her life for her employer. The robber pointed a pistol at her and others during the incident.
Ms. Holcomb was fired less than 36 hours after the robbery. A franchise spokeman said she was fired because she left too much money in the register. . . .
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