Defense Contractor Fired Worker For Voting For Obama, Lawsuit Claims

Patricia Kunkle voting Obama fired

A southwest Ohio woman who says that she was fired because she voted for President Barack Obama filed a lawsuit against her former employer. Patricia Kunkle's lawsuit accuses Dayton-based defense contractor Q-Mark Inc. and its president of telling employees that if Obama was re-elected, then his supporters would be the first to be fired, reports the Dayton Daily News.

Brian Wildermuth, an attorney for the company president, said in a statement that 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," he said. "The allegation that Q-Mark discharged Ms. Kunkle because of her vote is simply false."

Kunkle, of Kettering, has an unlisted phone number and her Dayton attorney didn't immediately respond to a request to speak with her.

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The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on Feb. 14, seeks a minimum of $25,000. It says that Kunkle's vote came up in conversation on Nov. 7, the day after the election, and that she was fired Nov. 9. The suit claims that the company's president and owner, Roberta Gentile, said the firing was in the "best interest of the company."

The lawsuit said that Gentile engaged Q-Mark employees in conversations aimed at discovering their political affiliations and repeatedly disparaged Obama supporters.

Kunkle started as a temporary worker with the small company in April and became full-time in May, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit said that she performed her duties "efficiently and effectively," and never received any disciplinary action or negative performance evaluations.

Defense attorneys have until mid-March to respond to the lawsuit.


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ectullis

Can't think of a better reason for being fired.

February 23 2013 at 4:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
The Wise One

Anyone who would and did vote for that clueless clown Barack Obama - as this woman Patricia Kunkle apparently did - is more likely than not about as dumb and as dense as a box of rocks and should have been let go anyway.

February 23 2013 at 12:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sugarcreekchile

The company was going to be letting workers go because of economic conditions. It's not like she'd been working for the company for years and was then fired because of who she voted for. Kunkle started as a temporary worker with the small company in April and became full-time in May, according to the lawsuit. She'd only been working there 7 months before the presidential election. This sounds more like a case of last hired, first fired. This story doesn't give enough details to make any judgment on the validity of her claim.

February 23 2013 at 11:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ranm856

Hillary 2016

February 23 2013 at 10:22 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
bpante

Hundreds of thousnads of people have lost their jobe because Odumbo got elected.

February 23 2013 at 9:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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danapark71

That is the God's honest truth and the government should stay out of the small businessman;s business unless he is breaking some health code law. She will probably win more than she would ever have made with the liberal court system and judges legislating from the bench. This guy probably did her a favor.

February 23 2013 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
William

Hundreds of thousands? Try over 5 million, so far.

February 23 2013 at 10:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
appalled_patriot

since when do Obammy minions have jobs?

February 23 2013 at 8:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Beacon of the ocean

I HOPE THE CASE IS RULED IN HER FAVOR AND THAT THE COMPANY GETS A HEFTY FINE. NO BOSS HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL AN EMPLOYEE WHO TO VOTE 4 , THAT'S Y THEY CALL IT DEMOCRACY

February 23 2013 at 8:38 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to Beacon of the ocean's comment
edgeoh

Elections have consequences.

February 23 2013 at 8:31 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
David

So she was the only one in the place that voted for Obama and the only one fired.

February 23 2013 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SESZOO

Hope and Change for her now ...

February 23 2013 at 8:17 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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