Office equipment store owner’s wife says company fired her after ‘disgraceful’ comments
A New York woman who was fired from her job at an office equipment store in January after she called President Donald Trump a “piece of shit” on social media has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company that fired her.
Shelby M. Johnson said the company, Lattice Corp., fired her in May after she tweeted that Trump was “a piece of shit.”
Johnson’s husband, who owns the company and did not respond to requests for comment, told NBC News that the couple did not think it was appropriate for the company to fire Johnson because she had worked at the store for three years.
Johnson has said she was fired because she called Trump a racist and a sexist.
She also said she has not been offered another job.
The lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court says Lattices fired Johnson because it was afraid that she would not be able to return to the store because she did not like the tone of the messages she sent.
“The defendant is not a racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, xenophobic, or racist demagogue,” the complaint said.
“The defendant’s sole objective is to advance his personal political views and to serve his customers.”
Lattices’ attorney, John H. Miller, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuit was filed under the title “Race, Discrimination, and the Employment of Black and Latina Workers in the Office Equipment Industry.”