A Black man was allegedly fired from his job after he revealed his boss’ threats to layoff employees if Joe Biden wins the presidential election.
According to Stan Smith, employees at Daniels Manufacturing Corporation — a company that specializes in producing electronics tools for aerospace, aircraft, and military industries — received a letter from DMC President George Daniels that warned permanent layoffs would be underway if the Democratic presidential candidate becomes POTUS.
“If [Donald] Trump and the Republicans win the election, DMC will hopefully be able to continue operating more or less as it has been operating lately,” the letter read. “However, if Biden and the Democrats win, DMC could be forced to begin permanent layoffs in late 2020 and/or early 2021.”
Employees were allegedly afraid to expose the boss, fearing they’d lose their jobs, but Smith took to a local news outlet and spoke out.
“I don’t feel like it was correct to do something like that,” he told WESH. “That’s like me coming to work — because we had all these black killings — and I should come in here, and I should wear a Black Lives Matter shirt and bring out hats and pass them out to everyone. I felt like it was unfair.”
Daniels addressed the allegations, claiming he has “an obligation to let workers know what could happen based on the outcome of an election,” adding his employees should cast votes for “the candidate they want.”
Smith had plans to quit his job after receiving the letter, but he was allegedly fired. He is preparing to file a lawsuit against DMC.
“We believe that the evidence here is very clear… that (DMC’s) intent was to influence its employees to vote for one candidate over another to preserve their jobs,” said employment law attorney Richard Celler. “We are confident that this employer not only violated federal and state law, but also illegally terminated our client.”
DMC and Daniels — a Trump supporter who has reportedly donated thousands to the president’s campaign — denied the termination, noting Smith resigned, and they declined to retract his resignation. The company later proposed a reinstatement offer.