KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A salesman says he was fired for voting for Barack Obama, after his boss sent an email to all employees warning that he would fire them if they dared to do that.
He claims Matthew Brandt, the owner of KK Office Solutions, sent the email threat to “All Employees” on Oct. 29, 2008 warning them “to rethink your vote on November 4th.”
Elliot Snell sued KK Office Solutions in Wyandotte County Court. The email warned that if Obama were elected, all salespeople will have to pool their sales commissions to give underachieving salespeople a “fair shake;” that hourly employees will pool their wages, including overtime, to help those who are “too busy to for overtime;” that top management was to be referred to as “the government,” and would be exempt from pooling because the law doesn’t apply to it; and that the last few people hired “should clean out their desks.”
The email, included in the complaint, continued: “Don’t feel bad though, because President Obama will give you free healthcare, free handouts, free oil for heating your home, free food stamps, and he’ll let you stay in hour home for as long as you want even if you can’t pay your mortgage. If you appeal directly to our democratic congress [sic], you might even get a free flat screen TV and a coupon for free haircuts …” It concludes: “If for any reason you are not happy with the new policies, you many want to rethink your vote on November 4th,” followed by Brandt’s signature and title.
Snell says he openly supported Obama, and was fired on Nov. 20, 2008, despite acquiring more than $300,000 in accounts during his 6 months with KK Office Solutions.
He seeks reinstatement, lost pay and damages of $1.2 million. He is represented by Lawrence Williamson.