woman fired for displaying kerry bumper sticker on car

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    fired for supporting Kerry

    MOULTON — Lynne Gobbell never imagined the cost of a John Kerry-John Edwards bumper sticker could run so high.

    Gobbell of Moulton didn't pay a cent for the sticker that she proudly displays on the rear windshield of her Chevrolet Lumina, but said it cost her job at a local factory after it angered her boss, Phil Gaddis.

    Gaddis, a Decatur bankruptcy attorney, owns Enviromate, a cellulose insulation company in Moulton.

    Gaddis did not return phone calls from THE DAILY about the alleged Thursday firing.

    Gobbell said she consulted a lawyer, but then changed her mind about going to see him. She said she has cried about the incident and must do without income for three weeks while the state unemployment commission decides if she is eligible for compensation.

    Gobbell said she was averaging 50 to 60 hours a week on the plant's bagging machine.

    "The lady there (at the unemployment commission) said that she has never heard of a firing like this before," Gobbell said.

    Gobbell gave this account:

    "We were going back to work from break, and my manager told me that Phil said to remove the sticker off my car or I was fired," she said. "I told him that Phil couldn't tell me who to vote for. He said, 'Go tell him.' "

    She went to Gaddis' office, knocked on the door and entered on his orders.

    "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.

    "I took off my gloves and threw them in the garbage and left," Gobbell said.

    Though she is unemployed and uncertain if she will get her job back, Gobbell said, she doesn't regret her decision to keep the sticker on her windshield.

    "I would like to find another job, but I would take that job back because I need to work," she said. "It upset me and made me mad that he could put a letter in my check expressing his (political) opinion, but I can't put something on my car expressing mine."

    She was referring to a flier that she said Gaddis placed in employee envelopes to remind them of the positive impact that President Bush's policies have had on them. An employee at the plant who would not identify himself confirmed the contents of the letter.

    Gobbell provided a copy of the flier. It says:

    "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."
     
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    Tis as good a reason as any. :)

    lol

    :p

    I wonder how much of her account is 'truth'?
     
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    prove her wrong. :poke: :laugh:
     
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    If she was truly fired over a bumper sticker, then her former boss is a real jerk and needs to be fined at the very least. NO ONE should be forcing ANYONE else to vote a certain way.
     
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    It's not about forcing somebody to vote; obviously that's impossible. But it could be about having a working force with a like-mindset. :)
     
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    then I would think that the hiring process would involve questions like 'do you vote republican or democrat'. but that would be illegal, wouldn't it?
     
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    That's not much of a reason to fire someone. If there isn't more to the story than that, I think that's not right.
     
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    I don't think she is telling the truth. I don't like to brag, but I have a radar for liars. Just ask my hubby!

    However, most employers have the ability to fire any employee without reason-providing that they are not under contract, etc. It sucks, but that is life. There is nothing she really can do about it. Besides, if she backed out of seeing a lawyer, she must feel that she does not have a lot of ground to stand on as far as legal action.
     
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    I agree. If there was any substantial truth to this, she would be able to get an ACLU lawyer for free and they'd make this national news in a hot New York minute. Could be that it could still happen...there is still time before the elections.
     
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    or she may just not want to deal with a lawsuit. and an employer can't just fire for no reason unless thats specifically stated in the work agreement.
     

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