A Kettering, Ohio, woman alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired for voting for President Obama, a charge the company denies.
Patricia Kunkle is seeking in excess of $25,000 from Dayton-based defense contractor Q-Mark, Inc. and its president and owner, Roberta "Bobbie" Gentile, in a suit filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.
Kunkle's lawsuit claims Gentile threatened employees with termination last year if President Obama was re-elected and that Obama supporters would be the first to be terminated if he were re-elected. Kunkle's suit said her voting preferences came up in conversation the day after the election and that she was fired Nov. 9 for what the suit claims Gentile said was in the "best interest of the company."
"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. "We're hoping that the court will recognize that and adopt a public policy exception for her."
Gentile's attorney, Brian Wildermuth, disputed the lawsuit's premise.
"Ms. Kunkle was laid off for economic reasons -- nothing more," Wildermuth wrote as part of a prepared response to the Dayton Daily News. " I am sure you and your readers are familiar with the ongoing uncertainties regarding defense spending, and thus the economic environment confronting defense contractors. The allegation that Q-Mark discharged Ms. Kunkle because of her vote is simply false."
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