Utah Employer, Terry Lee Forensics, Fires Workers Supporting Obama

Employees fired for supporting Obama

After the president's reelection, a Las Vegas company laid off 22 employees, claiming it couldn't bear the burden of Obama's health care law. A Cedar City, Utah, employer also laid off two workers because of the law, and the boss claims that he chose the unfortunate souls because they voted for the guy responsible for it.

The Salt Lake Tribune published a story on Wednesday about a Vernal City smoothie bar, called I Love Drilling, that charges liberals more for a drink. Terry Lee, owner of Terry Lee Forensics, applauded the decision in the comment section:

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"Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare costs and increased taxes," Lee wrote. "Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits." (Obongo is a racial epithet for Obama.)

In a follow-up interview with a Tribune reporter, Lee explained that this remark was somewhat "tongue in cheek" and that the employees also lagged in performance. But their support for Obama was certainly an issue too.

And It's Legal

Most employee in the U.S. are "at will," which means they can be fired for any reason, as long as it's not a specifically prohibited one. Under federal law, only race, color, religion, sex or national origin are unlawful reasons, and only in five states -- California, New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Mississippi -- are employers forbidden from firing workers for their political beliefs.

In most of the country, you can't fire someone for worshipping the devil, but you can fire someone for leaning to the left.

This isn't true, however, for public employees. After all, if the government fired someone for his or her political speech, that would be the government suppressing political speech -- a big no-no in modern democracies.

Fired For Wanting Revolution

Private employers, on the other hand, can kick out anyone they disagree with -- and Terry Lee isn't the first. In October 2001, the nonprofit network Goodwill Industries fired one of its garment workers, Michael Italie. He was running for Miami mayor on the Socialist Workers Party ticket, which had a somewhat controversial agenda -- including inciting a working-class revolution, and usurping the war-making powers that be.

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Goodwill, which produced American flags and U.S. Navy apparel, told Italie to pack up his things because his views on the government were "contrary to those of this agency."

Supporting Obama may be slightly less incendiary than calling for an overthrow of the government, but this past election incited private sector passions more than most. In the lead up to November, several major CEOs warned their employees against voting for Obama, saying layoffs were likely if the president had a second term. Terry Lee Forensics is the first reported employer, however, to actually admit to laying off employees because they were thought to have helped that happen.

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I don't know what this guy's business is, but is it possible through this ridiculous action he just lost half of his customer base?

January 28 2013 at 10:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Harry Beaton

Good. ******

January 26 2013 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it's past time for the private sector to be held accountable for violating workers' first amendment rights, too.... to avoid forcing a business owner to work in very close proximity to someone he/she can't abide due to their beliefs, small business owners could be exempt...

i'm not even siding with obama supporters here; the practice of firing someone just because you don't agree with their beliefs is appalling, no matter where you sit on the political spectrum...

January 25 2013 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

8.2 million fewer workers in the US now as compared to 2008. 15 trillion in debt and growing, inflation with hyper inflation on the horizion, welfare rolls at the highest level in history, 16% real unemployment, 30% or higher in the black community, foreign policy scandals (bengazi), no budget passed in his 1st term, government takeovers of GM, banks, student loans, Obamacare (even BHO didn't campaign on its merits) un elected czars in about evey level of industry, stopping drilling for oil off shore, suppressing domestic oil production, Keystone pipeline, just to name a few things that the media forgets to remind us about. SO how inept a campaign does one have to run to lose an election when there are so many softballs to hit?

January 25 2013 at 2:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, Obama is doing such a "bad job" on jobs, we've only now had 45 consecutive months of jobs growth under his leadership, as opposed to the 750,000 jobs per month we were losing in Dubya's last year in office. You dipsheets need to get your "facts" straight. Oh, what a minute, I'm talking to right wing nitwits, I forgot, facts don't mean diddley to you inbeciles.

January 25 2013 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

More jobs lost because of Obama.

I though progressive meant to move ahead.

I guess that means to move ahead to the unemployment line.

January 24 2013 at 2:32 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

It has taken over 40 yrs.to recognize trickle down economics is a sham. The problem is it will take another 40 to get the people back to doing whats best for them. I think its time for people to get off their behinds and do real research to get the facts and NOT listen to the things they want to hear because they dont care. Anyone who cares will no be a puppet for big buisness and see that it is not in their best interest to allow buisness to dictate who you can date, have kids.do you smoke.are you DEM.or GOP.etc. you get the point.

January 24 2013 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for Terry Lee Forensics! All companies who layed off people should have made absolutely certain that the "reasons" for the layoffs, were the ones layed off.

5 years ago, I wouldn't have felt that any business had any business in someones political affiliation, but since Obama has made "underhandedness" the rule of the day, it only seems right.

January 24 2013 at 10:13 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

We moved ALL our plants out of the US because of oBoobo and his anti-business policies. I'm sure the 2500 former employees voted for their "Freebies" I sure hope they ENJOY them! When we moved our first plant four years ago we were 1 of 22 American businesses. We are now 4 of 345 and it is growing. This just one small port city... The likes of Boeing, GE, GE Healthcare, Ford, GM, Westinghouse are being joined now by even the under 100 employee businesses. Enjoy your min wage McD jobs.... Over here they are building the future!

January 23 2013 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to LBR's comment

wow..are you fooled!...over 22,000 American companies now operate in china...and most of them left long ago!...G.E.. left back in the days of Reagan!...maybe you should try facts before you post you "pack of lies"...to say that 4 years ago....suddenly...22,000 American companies left the u.s. because of Obama..is..at best...a moronic lie ! only the truly stupid would believe what you posted!
{pst: Ford has been in china and Canada since prez Ford!}...

January 24 2013 at 7:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Moving jobs out of the country was due to GREED not anything else. Be honest and maybe someday someone might respect you. Although that's pretty doubtful.

February 13 2013 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Guess it showed him how dumb they really were ...

January 22 2013 at 3:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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