Limehouse & Sons have fired a twenty-seven-year-old employee who attended a lawful political rally in Charlottesville, VA. The company is based in Ladson, SC and does crane rentals, steel fabrication, and welding.
Limehouse & Sons appears to have fired him solely for his political beliefs. Many people are criticizing the company as for not respecting the first amendment rights of their employees. In fact, Limehouse & Sons appears to have committed a misdemeanor under South Carolina state law.
Assault or intimidation on account of political opinions or exercise of civil rights. – section 16-17-560
It is unlawful for a person to assault or intimidate a citizen, discharge a citizen from employment or occupation, or eject a citizen from a rented house, land, or other property because of political opinions or the exercise of political rights and privileges guaranteed to every citizen by the Constitution and laws of the United States or by the Constitution and laws of this State. A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.