You have the right to Free Speech in America as well as the right to vote for whichever political candidate you want to for whatever reasons you might have… unless you want to keep your job at Enviromate in Moulton, Alabama that is. Seems a woman by the name of Lynne Gobbell was fired by her pick-of-a-boss Phil Gaddis because she had a pro-Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker on her personal vehicle.
“Phil and another man who works there were there,” she said. “I asked him if he said to remove the sticker and he said, ‘Yes, I did.’ I told him he couldn’t tell me who to vote for. When I told him that, he told me, ‘I own this place.’ I told him he still couldn’t tell me who to vote for.”
Gobbell said Gaddis told her to “get out of here.”
“I asked him if I was fired and he told me he was thinking about it,” she said. “I said, ‘Well, am I fired?’ He hollered and said, ‘Get out of here and shut the door.’ “
She said her manager was standing in another room and she asked him if that meant for her to go back to work or go home. The manager told her to go back to work, but he came back a few minutes later and said, ” ‘I reckon you’re fired. You could either work for him or John Kerry,’ ” Gobbell said.
Seems Phil also put the following handy flier in with the employees paychecks not too long ago:
“Just so you will know, because of the Bush tax (cut):
- I was able to buy the new Hammer Mill
- I was able to finance our receivables
- I was able to get the new CAT skid steer
- I was able to get the wire cutter
- I was able to give you a job”
It further says:
“You got the benefit of the Bush tax cut. Everyone did.”
I’m not fully versed on the worker’s rights laws in Alabama, but it sounds like Lynne has the makings of a pretty good wrongful termination lawsuit here. She was originally planning on consulting a lawyer, but has since changed her mind. I say she should change it again and slap his ass with a lawsuit.
Man, when will the state of Alabama catch up to the 21st Century?
Update 9/15/04: According to a followup post on John’s site the Kerry campaign caught wind of Lynne’s plight and have hired her. So it appears she can tell her old boss that she will be working for John Kerry now.
Found over in John’s Asylym.