Fired for voting is the reason Patricia Kunkle filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Q-Mark, Inc. in Dayton, Ohio. According to the Washington Post Feb. 20, the woman said the company and its president threatened to fire supporters of President Obama if he was re-elected.
An attorney for Q-Mark, Brian Wildermuth, said Kunkle was laid off for economic issues and "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,” Wildermuth said. “The allegation that Q-Mark discharged Ms. Kunkle because of her vote is simply false.”
Kunkle filed the lawsuit Feb. 14 at Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. She wants a minimum of $25,000. Court documents show that Kunkle’s vote was discussed at work on Nov. 7 -- one day after the election -- and that she was fired Nov. 9.
Other claims in the suit state that Q-Mark's president and owner -- Roberta Gentile -- fired Kunkle, saying it was in the “best interest of the company.”
The woman who said she was fired for voting for Obama had been employed by the company since April of last year. She claimed to have worked "efficiently and effectively" without any negative feedback.