By Lauren Swanson
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
1:43 PM CDT, October 30, 2012
More employers are making suggestions about how their employees should vote in the coming election. And a memo urging employees not to vote for President Obama has lead to a complaint against a Wisconsin company.
A Milwaukee businessman is accused of voter intimidation because of an email to his employees. The Rite Hite company makes loading dock equipment. The company's owner says in an email to workers that a second term for the president would be detrimental to the company.
Now five milwaukee residents, none of them Rite Hite employees, have filed a complaint with the state's government accountability board.
The practice is becoming more common since the 2010 Citizens United decision from the Supreme Court. The decision rolled back laws restricting corporate speech.
The head of time-share company Westgate Resorts issued a similar warning to employees, suggesting the company would suffer and jobs might be lost if the president is re-elected. Koch Industries says they distribute informational letters to employees about the candidates the company supports, but employees are free to make their own choices in the election.
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