In response to Dave Vacha's letter, "It’s ‘bizarre’ not to protect an individual’s rights," published March 1:
I have bad news for Dave. Unless he has a signed contract or written agreement with his employer, he could legally be fired just for receiving mail from the GOP. North Dakota is an at-will employment state which means most employees can be fired for almost any reason.
While there are restrictions that prohibit discrimination against protected categories such as race, religion, national origin, etc., political affiliation is not one of those categories. This means an employer would be legally allowed to fire all Democrats or Republicans, just like it would be legal to fire someone simply because they are a Bison fan or Fighting Hawk fan.