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ROBBED AT GUNPOINT, PREGNANT, AND NOT GETTING PAID PROPERLY

Posted by Kashif Haque | Apr 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

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A manager of a Houston Popeye's was terminated by the franchise owner for getting robbed at gunpoint. The manager, Marissa Holcomb, was working her shift when a masked gunman jumped the counter, forcefully knocked another employee to the ground, and held Holcomb at gunpoint, demanding money.

Holcomb handed over $400 cash. The gunman promptly fled after receiving the money. The restaurant owner, Amin Dhanani, was not happy about the incident. He alleged it was Holcomb's fault that much money was taken because she had failed to follow company policy and kept too much money in the cash register. Holcomb responded by saying the restaurant was too busy to allow the transition to take place.  The owner gave her choice—be fired or pay the money back. Dhanani fired Holcomb three days later, stating it was not her first offense.

Holcomb is pregnant with her 4th child. “I just had a gun to me. I'm not paying the money.” Not too long after, Dhanani realized his mistake—he had just terminated a pregnant woman after she was robbed at gunpoint.

Dhanani offered Holcomb her job back, but she refused, even after he graciously threw in another $2,000 for back pay (so that meant she wasn't getting paid right either). She wanted to move on from a place that would do things like terminate employees after a robbery.

Source: Grub Street

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Kashif Haque

Kashif Haque is a trial attorney and one of the founding attorneys of Aegis Law Firm. He served as the 2015 Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association—Labor and Employment Section. Mr. Haque has obtained millions of dollars on behalf of his clients through trial, arbitration and settlement. A...

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