An Olive Garden manager in Kansas was recently fired after issuing a strict time-off policy that violated the company’s values. The policy, which was obtained by media outlet KCTV5, advised employees seeking days off to “look for another job” and required tangible proof of illness or personal tragedy in order to approve leave.
The manager’s policy was in stark contrast to Olive Garden’s stated commitment to providing a “caring and respectful work environment.” The company’s values include “treating each other with respect,” “being a good neighbor,” and “creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace.”
The manager’s policy also violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which guarantees eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for certain family and medical reasons.
Olive Garden’s decision to fire the manager was a clear message that the company takes its values seriously. The company’s actions demonstrate that it is committed to providing a workplace where employees feel respected and supported.