Vegas business owner fires Hispanic employees after Obama wins
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Posted by ZACHARY GRAHAM
- NOVEMBER 8, 2012
A Las Vegas business owner fired 22 of his 114 employees the day after President Barack Obama was elected for a second four-year term. “David” called into a Las Vegas talk radio station to brag about his actions.
“David”, who would not disclose his real name or what sort of business he operates, claimed the terminations of 22 of his mostly Hispanic employees were necessary because of the rising financial burden on his profits as a result of provisions of the Affordable Care Act scheduled to gradually be implemented through 2014.
“David” said that the warned his employees ahead of time of the consequences of electing Obama:
I explained to them a month ago that if Obama gets in office that the regulations for Obamacare are gonna hurt our business, and I’m gonna have to make provisions to make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes, the additional health care I’m gonna have to do, and I explained that to them and I said you do what you feel like in your heart you need to do, but I’m just letting you know as a warning this is things I have to think of as a business owner.
“David” claims he did not fire his employees because they wore Obama t-shirts on Election Day or because they were Hispanic, a demographic that favored Obama at 71%. He also said he followed the law by notifying them 30 days prior that layoffs were possible.
While “David” claims he did not tell his employees how to vote, other employers gained attention prior to the election for taking such actions. Wynn Resorts gave employees voter guides and Legendary Inc. CEO Peter Bos attached his ballot complete with a Romney vote to employee paychecks. On the other hand, David Siegel of Westgate Resorts, who gained attention in October for warning his employees of massive layoffs if Obama was reelected, gave all his employees an average five-percent raise following the election.