The Charleston Gazette reports that a preparation plant foreman has filed a lawsuit against Murray Energy, alleging that she was fired because she didn’t follow CEO Bob Murray’s instructions on campaign contributions.
During her time working for Murray, and continuing after she was fired, Cochenour received written requests from CEO Bob Murray to contribute to certain political candidates, the lawsuit says. The letters included the names of specific candidates and a request from Murray that Cochenour contribute a specific amount to each candidate.
“Not only did Mr. Murray name candidates and specify the amount to be contributed to each candidate, but he also required that the political contributions be returned directly to him in a self-addressed envelope that he enclosed with each of his letters to her,” the lawsuit states.
According to the lawsuit, Bob Murray kept track of contributions made by every employee and that he personally fired Jean F. Cochenour in a private meeting in his office. The lawsuit also states that Cochenour was the only female preparation plant foreman.
I won’t mince words because, if you’ve been a regular reader here for any length of time, you’re probably aware that Bob Murray is a documented piece of shit.
It was Bob Murray of Murray Energy who forced his employees to lose a day’s pay and appear in a campaign ad for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
It was Bob Murray who fired over 150 of those same employees after the 2012 election because “the takers outvoted the producers.”
When Murray fired them, he read a prayer asking the Lord for guidance in his quest to save his “American business enterprise” by doing exactly what Free Market Jesus would have wanted: by punishing The Takers.
Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build. We ask for your guidance in this drastic time with the drastic decisions that will be made to have any hope of our survival as an American business enterprise.
Murray Energy later rehired most of the employees CEO Bob Murray fired because the existence of his enterprise was not threatened. He did not need to fire them to survive. He fired them in a childish temper tantrum.
Murray Energy is currently suing the Environmental Protection Agency, claiming that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate emissions from existing coal plants.