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Pregnant worker fired from Popeyes offered job back

Popeye's restaurant
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The owner of a Popeyes that fired a pregnant manager after the restaurant was robbed by a gunman has apologized and offered to rehire her. (Tweet This)

Z&H Foods principal Amin Dhanani said Marissa Holcomb received a personal apology and will be compensated for lost time from work.

"Among other things, we will compensate her for the lost time from work and have invited her to rejoin our company," he said in a statement. "We deeply regret the way this matter was handled. We are committed to continuing to work with Ms. Holcomb, and we apologize to her, our employees, the public and other franchise operators of the Popeyes system. We have let them down and are committed to do better."

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Holcomb was fired from the Popeyes in Channelview, Texas, after an armed robber stole about $400 during her shift,KHOU 11 News reported.

Holcomb said one of her managers told her to pay the money back or leave, according to the report. The robbery happened on March 31 and was caught on surveillance tape.

"I told them I'm not paying nothing," she told KHOU. "I just had a gun to me. I'm not paying the money."

She was fired less than 36 hours after the heist, KHOU reported.

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Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder responded to KHOU's article in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

The restaurant is operated by an independent franchisee of the Popeyes brand, and Bachelder said the company has spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant.

"He has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation," she said in a statement.