"As the election season is here we wanted you to know which candidates will help our business grow in the future," reads the letter. "As you know, the better our business does it enables us to invest in our people and our restaurants. If the right people are elected we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above our present levels. If others are elected, we will not. As always, who you vote for is completely your personal decision and many factors go into your decision."As you may have guessed, such a tactic is a blatant violation of both federal and state election laws and an attorney in Ohio, Attorney Allen Schulman of Canton law firm Schulman Zimmerman & Associates, after one of the employees contacted him, decided to turn the documents to local prosecutors, asking them to "investigate this matter for a criminal violation."
On Friday, franchise owner Paul Siegfried apologized in a written statement, saying the communication was "an error of judgment on my part." "Please know it was never my intention to offend anyone," he added. "For those that I have offended, I sincerely apologize."
Hat tip: The Huffington Post