Seems Fair Enough
Terry Lee, a Cedar City Utah business owner who let two workers go because of Obamacare costs said he picked the pair in large part because of their support for President Obama.
They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits."
Contacted by The Tribune Thursday, Lee said he picked the two employees in large part on the basis of their politics.
Federal and Utah law do not prevent private employers from firing employees on the basis of political affiliation. The one exception is if they are a government employee.
I have to admit, as fitting as it sounds, I do have mixed emotions about an employer firing employees based on political affiliation, but can understand it. Given a choice of having to lay off two employees who were in all other ways equal, I can see myself coming to the same conclusion. Layoff the guy who is at least in some way responsible for the need to layoff employees versus those who were completely innocent.
That said, if they all worked for me, Terry would have been one of those let go too, for his clearly unprofessional behavior in his statements to the media. But then, that would be my prerogative if he worked for me... as a business owner in an at-will employment state it is his prerogative to fire whomever he wishes.