The head of a Utah forensics company says it's only fair that two liberal employees were let go because liberal policies are costing his business.
A Utah business owner says he fired two employees in large part because they supported President Barack Obama.
Lee first mentioned the firings in the comments section of another story in the Tribune about a Vernal, Utah, smoothie shop owner charging "liberals" a higher price than "conservatives" for drinks. That shop owner said "liberal programs" are costing his business more, so it’s only fair that left-leaning customers should pay more.
According to the Tribune, Lee showed his support for the tactic by writing:
"Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare [sic] costs and increased taxes. Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits.”
The comment was later deleted by the author.
Lee did not return a telephone call from MSN News on Friday to expound on the comment.
Contacted by the Tribune Thursday, Lee said he picked the two employees in large part on the basis of their politics, according to the newspaper. But he added that there were other issues as well, which he didn’t detail, and said the two workers "were not top performers."
He said that he didn’t think the firings were illegal. "Is your political affiliation protected?" he was quoted as saying. "I don’t believe it is, but I don’t know."
Utah law says private employment in the state is generally "at will." That means a private employer can fire a worker without cause and without notice.
As for federal law, Mary Jo O’Neill, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney, told the newspaper: “It doesn’t violate any of the statutes we enforce, which cover race, religion, age, gender, national origin.”
Lee’s action drew a mixed response from supporters and detractors.
"Anyone who doesn't recognize that Obongocare is going to increase costs (and taxes) and voted for that idiot deserves what they get IMHO. Kudos to Terry Lee," one reader commented.
Another countered: "Hope the fired workers find someone not quite a racist for their next employer and hope that karma visits Mr. Lee's Forensic business. I know as a liberal I would challenge any findings from that company based on their proven bias."
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