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A woke Universal Music Group employee has been fired after refusing to work due to ‘mourning’ the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Michael Lopez, a former production coordinator at Universal Music Enterprises, slammed the company for firing a ‘queer brown person’ during Pride month for speaking in favor of ‘abortion rights,’ he wrote on LinkedIn.
‘Paired with the flood of anti-queer and anti-trans legislation, it’s been hard to process how company’s expect us to be productive while our rights are being stripped away,’ Lopez wrote. ‘Especially when our company has been donating to several of these politicians.’
On June 24, the day the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade was overturned in a 6-3 vote, Lopez was tasked with ‘processing reports for upcoming releases’ and send them to 275 people.
Rather than do what he was tasked, Lopez elected to send an email to those on the list to explain why he couldn’t complete the job.
‘I didn’t do them (the reports) today,’ the email read. ‘I’m in mourning due to the attack on people with uteruses in the US. Federally guaranteed access to abortion is gone. Universal Music Group must stop donating to anti-abortion, anti-queer and anti-trans politicians. Politicians like Marsha Blackburn, Ken Buck, Victoria Spartz, etc. Or expect more unproductive days.’
Lopez was immediately met with support from his co-workers and received a call from his manager to take the rest of the day off. He assumed, based on that call, ‘there was a good possibility’ he may be fired.
‘I was proud of letting allies know that our company has been donating to these politicians,’ he added.
Michael Lopez, former employee at Universal Music Enterprises, was fired after failing to do his job while ‘mourning’ the overturn of Roe v. Wade
Lopez posted about the contentious issue on LinkedIn while claiming he ‘was fired during Pride month for speaking up in defense of abortion rights’
Rather than completing his tasks on June 24, he sent an email explaining to 275 people why he couldn’t do his job
Days later, Lopez received a ‘surprise Zoom video chat’ from HR letting him know he was fired for not doing his job and ‘disrupting the day of 275 people and poor judgement.’
He was told to immediately log out of his laptop, but instead wrote an email to his colleagues to let them know that he was fired.
‘Just got fired for this email from Friday, so they’re letting you know where they stand on employees speaking out on politicians that support marginalization for folks like me,’ he wrote.
‘A brown queer person terminated during Pride month speaking in support of abortion rights. Seems like that’s exactly what America is all about right now.’ He signed the email ‘Peace out’ and signed his name.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, a spokesman for Universal Music Group said that as a matter of policy, the company does not discuss an individual’s personnel record.
‘We can say that what was posted on social media is inaccurate. UMG has a long record of support for women’s issues,’ the spokesperson said.
‘As we wrote to our U.S. employees, UMG views reproductive health care as essential. In the wake of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade the company has extended its efforts to assure that these important healthcare services remain accessible to employees.
‘We also financially support non-profit groups working in this area and offer a match for employee’s contributions to those groups, as well.’
Lopez announced that he was fired to the same 275 employees, claiming he is ‘a brown queer person terminated during Pride month
Thirteen states were set to enforce abortion bans and restrictions if Roe. v. Wade was ever overturned
All around the country, protesters filled the streets in opposition to the Supreme Court
The conservative majority of the court pushed for the allowing of abortions to be left up to the states to decide. Following SCOTUS’ ruling, abortion was automatically outlawed in 18 US states as a result of ‘trigger laws’ and historic bans that were reenacted after the June 24 ruling.
Thirteen states had prepared trigger laws: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
Five other states banned abortions after historic laws were reenacted, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama, Arizona, and West Virginia.
Other states, including Florida, Indiana, Montana, and Nebraska have either enforced plans or are working on plans to ban or restrict the procedure.
Abortion rights advocates are rushing to their local courthouses to challenge the state abortion bans. Some groups have filed lawsuits to prevent the state from enforcing the ban – including Kentucky and Florida.
On Thursday, Kentucky and Florida were two of the latest states to be granted temporary restraining orders on their planned abortion bans and restrictions.
Abortions will proceed in those states until final rulings are made.
Abortion clinics in Ohio, Idaho, West Virginia, and Mississippi are also seeking to halt the state implemented bans.