Koch Industries recently caused controversy in the US prior to the presidential election by putting pressure on its employees to vote for Mitt Romney.
It has been reported that messages were sent out to 45,000 employees across the business intimating that an Obama victory could lead to layoffs or otherwise harm the company and its workers. Allegations have been made that employees were told to vote Romney ‘or face the consequences’.
Many employees felt that this resulted in undue influence on them.
Although the pressure asserted by Koch Industries was not unlawful the possible reputational damage to the business as a corporate bully is undeniable.