The owner of Rite-Hite, manufacturer of industrial equipment based in Milwaukee, has warned his employees that they face personal consequences if President Barack Obama is elected to a second term, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.
"Every Rite-Hite employee in America should understand the personal consequences to them of having our tax rates increase dramatically if President Obama is re-elected, forcing taxpayers to fund President Obama's future deficits and social programs (including Obamacare), which require bigger government," Mike White told his 1400 employees in an email.
The CEO warned the company may dramatically reduce or eliminate contributions to its employees retirement plan if Obama wins. But White insisted that he wasn't threatening to take action against employees who voted for Obama.
“Rite-Hite nor I will ever prejudice any employee for their political views and totally respect your right to vote as you choose. I am simply trying to present the facts as I know them and to protect the business you have helped build! Please think carefully about your vote on Nov. 6,” he concluded his email.
Under Wisconsin law, employers are prohibited from publishing statements that intended to influence the political opinions of employees through warnings of negative job consequences.
Several companies have made national headlines for warning their employees not to vote for Obama, including Koch Industries, Westgate Resorts, Murray Energy, Request Foods, Lacks Enterprises, and ASG Software Solutions. Some of those companies have threatened to lay off employees if Obama wins.