Car Salesman Claims He Was Fired After Complaining About Anti-Obama Meeting

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A Fullerton auto dealership fired a salesman for refusing to attend presentations urging employees not to vote for President Obama because of the Affordable Care Act, according to a suit filed in Orange County Superior Court.

Dietrich Seney also claims James Renick, the Renick Cadillac Subaru vice president, attached an anti-Obama message to workers' paychecks two weeks before the meeting and that when the salesman complained to the general manager he was told it was Obama's fault.

No one at the dealership last night could speak about Seney's suit, which seeks lost wages and benefits and damages for wrongful firing, Labor Code violations, discrimination and pain and suffering.

Seney claims, through the help of Andrew Jones of Fresno's Wagner, Jones, Kopfman & Artenian, that he had been a salesman at Renick Cadillac Subaru for more than 2 1/2 years in late October 2012 when a "mandatory" meeting about employee taxes and health insurance was held on his day off. But Seney alleges he arrived to discover an insurance broker led the presentation that "put 'Obamacare' in a very negative light," mere days before the Nov. 6 national vote that would result in the president's reelection.

"[T]he presenter said that one of the big problems was that it was passed by only one party, the Democrats," according to the complaint. "The last line of the very last slide that was presented to the employee and Seney stated that the outcome of the 2012 election would have a huge impact on whether or not all of the changes (rate increases) would take effect. The message at the meeting was very clear: Vote for Obama and your health care costs will be higher."

Seney states he was "very upset" when he complained about the meeting to his general manager, Sherry Hosmer, who is not named as a plaintiff in the suit. After Seney informed Hosmer he would not attend any more "politically motivated" meetings on his day off, he was fired, according to the complaint.

It was six days before Obama was reelected.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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bphood
bphood

That must have caused the salesman so much time and money....it is so hard to find a car sales job.....in less you can open a paper or get on the net.Just wait for two years and see that 30% of car dealers will be out of business because of obama care because they just can not afford a new car.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

Seems they were stating the facts at the meeting.  Now you can't have a meeting that disagrees with the regime?  All you good minions get in lock-step with Obama, or else!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I'm not in love with Obama...and Obamacare has been an absolute mess so far...but you can't fire someone because they don't share your political views.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@gregbpc So you'd be OK with being called in our your day off to a mandatory meeting where you were told you have to vote for Obama and, after you complained about it, you were fired?

bphood
bphood

@FishWithoutBicycle tell that to mcnbc I am Mr. Baldwin would disagree or better yet try to get a job at the o.c. weekly if you don't have a d.n.c. tattoo on your forehead

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @gregbpc He wasn't told to vote for Obama or be fired.  He was told Obamacare would have an adverse effect on their health insurance (which is proving true, even by many democrats).  Seems most unions do much worse in spending dues on electing democrats and being told to toe the democrat party line.  The guy is is pussy.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@BillxT It was a meeting about their employer sponsored health insurance benefits, not a rally against the aca.  If my employer had someone touting the benefits of the aca, I'd disagree, but i wouldnt have a tantrum, quit my job then sue.  Typical liberal victim mentality displayed by this little db pansy.  What's a liberal doing working selling cars, trying to make a profit anyway?  

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

So, from your response, I take it you'd be OK with a pro-ACA meeting on your day off.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@BillxT  Being a crybaby, quitting your job, and suing the company you worked for because the insurance agent making a presentation on the effects of obamacare makes him a pussy.

BillxT
BillxT topcommenter

Hm, standing up for yourself is being a pussy now. Interesting.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @gregbpc Obamacare had a large impact on companies.  I had meetings at both places I work about changes and uncertainty with healthcare.  The comment about not voting was a bit out of line, but it was the truth.  I think he needs to put on his big-boy pants. The statement was also made by the insurance broker, not the company.  Sensitive, little liberal guy needs to man-up and not be such a pansy.

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