Ohio Woman Claims She Was Fired for Obama Vote

She claims in a lawsuit that her former employer told workers that if Obama was re-elected, his supporters would be the first to be fired.

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A southwest-Ohio woman who says she was fired because she voted for President Barack Obama has filed a lawsuit against her former defense-contractor employer, according to the Columbus Dispatch. But the employer claims that the woman was laid off for economic reasons.

Patricia Kunkle's lawsuit accuses Dayton-based defense contractor Q-Mark Inc. and its president of telling employees that if Obama was re-elected, then his supporters would be the first to be fired, The Dayton Daily News reported.

Brian Wildermuth, an attorney for the company president, said in a statement that Kunkle was laid off for economic reasons -- "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," he said. "The allegation that Q-Mark discharged Ms. Kunkle because of her vote is simply false."

Read more at the Columbus Dispatch.

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