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22 Oct 2020

Greg Fox, WESH 2 News

Daniels Manufacturing Corporation worker says he was fired after speaking out about letter that warned employees of layoffs if Biden wins; incl. company comment

"Orlando worker says he was fired after speaking out about letter that warned employees of layoffs if Biden wins," 22 Oct 2020

A Central Florida worker who spoke out about a letter from his boss threatening layoffs if Joe Biden wins the election says he has now been fired. Daniels Manufacturing Corporation President George Daniels included a letter with recent paystubs reading, "If Trump and the Republicans win the election, DMC will hopefully be able to continue operating, more or less as it has been operating lately... However, if Biden and the Democrats win, DMC could be forced to begin permanent layoffs beginning in late 2020 and/or early 2021."

... DMC employee Stan Smith spoke with WESH 2 News about it. “Everybody has a choice to make their own decision," he said. "I don't feel like it was correct, to do something like that... This week, Smith said he was fired. He believes Daniels, the president of the company that makes tools and electronics for the military, aerospace, and aircraft industries, ordered his termination because he didn't like what he told WESH 2 News.

... George Daniels said he's been sending the same kind of letter for many years and that he had a duty to inform his workforce of the possible job consequences, depending on the outcome of the presidential election... Smith has now hired attorney, who is preparing a lawsuit.

... Elaine Parker, who is with Job Creators Network, a conservative business group that supports President Trump and is defending Daniels, said the situation is not about revenge for who wins the election. “Employers have the right to educate their employees about the negative impacts of policy and we believe they have an obligation to do so,” Parker said... Another employee who spoke with WESH 2 News anonymously said people at the company are afraid to speak out, fearing that they could also be fired.