You just can’t make this stuff up. After the president’s reelection, a Las Vegas company laid off 22 employees, claiming it couldn’t bear the burden of Obama’s health care law. A Cedar City, Utah, employer also laid off two workers because of the law, and the boss claims that he chose the unfortunate souls because they voted for the guy responsible for it.
The Salt Lake Tribune published a story on Wednesday about a Vernal City smoothie bar, called I Love Drilling, that charges liberals more for a drink. Terry Lee, owner of Terry Lee Forensics, applauded the decision in the comment section: “Love it. We had to let two employees go to cover new Obongocare costs and increased taxes,” Lee wrote. “Found two Obongo supporters and gave them the news yesterday. They wanted the idiot in the Whitehouse [sic], they reap the benefits.” (Obongo is a racial epithet for Obama.)
In a follow-up interview with a Tribune reporter, Lee explained that this remark was somewhat “tongue in cheek” and that the employees also lagged in performance. But their support for Obama was certainly an issue too.
While this is an outrageous way to lose your job, it is unfortunately legal. Most employees in the U.S. are “at will,” which means they can be fired for any reason, as long as it’s not a specifically prohibited one. Under federal law, only race, color, religion, sex or national origin are unlawful reasons, and only in five states — California, New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Mississippi — are employers forbidden from firing workers for their political beliefs.
In most of the country, you can’t fire someone for worshiping the devil, but you can fire someone for leaning to the left.