CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – North Carolina-based restaurant chain Bojangles announced Friday that it will close all of its company-owned establishments over the next two days, touting it as a chance to offer its thousands of employees a “Well-deserved break” in the midst of a very difficult time.
But Bojangles employees will not be paid for these days off.
In a statement, the chicken and cookie chain described its 8,000 crew and managers as its “most vital asset.” He encouraged them to take advantage of the upcoming closings on August 30 and September 13 to have the opportunity to “rest and recharge.”
The catering company’s written statement did not mention whether its workers would be compensated during these shutdowns, touting it as a “benefit” to its valued employees that would support their health and well-being.
The Associated Press has asked company spokesperson Stacey McCray to clarify whether staff members will be paid. In an email, McCray replied, “The two days will not be paid.”
Responding to the following questions, she said many employees have been working overtime lately and the company thinks they would benefit from taking a few days off. She said Bojangles will offer employees the option of working overtime if they wish.
Bojangles said the upcoming closures were “in response to labor shortages across the industry and other pressures on its employees who have worked hard during the pandemic.”
It was not immediately clear what Bojangles employees thought about unpaid days off. Employees reached by phone at various restaurants forwarded calls to head office.
Bojangles was founded in Charlotte in 1977 and has restaurants in over a dozen states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.
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