Woman Fired for Voting for Obama? Now That’s Just Not Right

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voted for obamaA woman in Ohio is suing her former employer because she believes she was fired for voting for Obama. Patricia Kunkle worked for defense-contractor Q-Mark Inc., owned by Roberta Gentile, and is claiming that Gentile threatened employees and told them they would be terminated if Obama was re-elected, starting with those who actually voted for the incumbent.

Kunkle explains that her voting preferences were revealed in a conversation on November 7 and that two days later she was laid off, having been told her termination was in the "best interest of the company."

Kunkle is seeking $25,000 in damages, but Gentile retorts:

Ms. Kunkle was laid off for economic reasons -- nothing more. I am sure you and your readers are familiar with the ongoing uncertainties regarding defense spending, and thus the economic environment confronting defense contractors. The allegation that Q-Mark discharged Ms. Kunkle because of her vote is simply false.

This sounds like a big old case of she said, she said, but it's not like Kunkle has to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she was terminated for voting for Obama. A law professor told the Dayton Daily News that all she has to do is prove she wasn't fired for economic reasons, not necessarily prove she was let go because of her political leanings.

But if Gentile really did threaten everyone who voted for Obama, that's, officially speaking, not cool. That's a no-can-do in the old employment world, and Gentile should face consequences. 

I'm a big fan of not talking politics at work -- you have to see these people 40 hours a week and getting along, at least superficially, is ideal -- and I'm an even bigger fan of my bosses not telling me who I can and cannot vote for. I feel for Kunkle.

Here's to justice being served, whatever the outcome may be.

Do you talk politics at work?

 

Photo via Patrick Feller/Flickr

2012 election

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11yrdiff 11yrdiff

I do not as I am in the EXTREME minority and I do NOT want to listen to someone lecture me about how my OPINIONS are so, so wrong. 

TMK919 TMK919

She voted for change and got it! Now she can Hope for a new job!

tuffy... tuffymama

LOL, TMK.

I rarely talked politics at work unless I was with mature colleagues who had like opinions or could handle honest debate and not take it personally. Now I talk politics at work A LOT, because work is home lol.

sand008 sand008

TMK 919 got it

Flori... Floridamom96

Employers should be able to fire an employee for any reason whatsoever.

wamom223 wamom223

The employer should be able to fire her for her vote absolutely.  If you voted for this President you put your job at risk as he is bringing the biggest tax hike in history and since you can you can blame Obama for the state of our economical system and you can't raise prices on your customers you have no choice but to let people go if you want to stay in business.  Why punish the people that didn't vote for Obama and understand how our system works and let the people that voted for him lose their job.  After all because of Obama you can stay on unemployment for longer than ever before and we have more people on welfare than ever before.  I hope as a result of this law suit that more jobs aren't lost because this woman is an asshole.

kelti... kelticmom

If this woman had been fired for voting for Bush or McCain or Romney, every one of you would be taking her side and bashing her "libtard, leftist boss". Hypocrites.

ms.mftc ms.mftc

I got let go for the same reason. Three others in our office did also. Two have had to file bankruptcy. All of you that think this is funny need to look at yourself and ask if you'd be proud of your response here. What if your liberal boss fired your for voting for Romney?

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