Fired for voting: Ohio woman says she was let go after voting for Obama
President Obama is sworn in for a second term in a private ceremony with his family on Jan. 20, 2013. (Photo: CNN)
DAYTON, Ohio – A Ohio woman has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, claiming that she was fired for voting for President Barack Obama in the recent election.
The Dayton Daily News reported that Patricia Kunkle is seeking $25,000 from Dayton-based defense contractor Q-Mark, Inc. and its president and owner, Roberta “Bobbie” Gentile.
Kunkle claims that Gentile threatened to fire her employees last year if Obama was re-elected, according to the paper.
The lawsuit states that Kunkle’s voting preferences came up in a conversation the day after the election, and she was fired on Nov. 9.
Gentile said Kunkle’s firing was “in the best interest of the company,” according to the lawsuit.
“Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, taking it to the extreme of impairing somebody’s career because they disagree with your political choices is just wrong,” said Kunkle’s attorney Karen Dunlevey.
Gentile’s attorney says that Kunkle was laid off because of economic reasons, and has disputed the lawsuit’s premise.