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Universal Music Group employee Michael Lopez fired, defense of abortion rights

Universal Music Group employee Michael Lopez fired, defense of abortion rights
Michael Lopez lost his job at Universal Music Group because he didn't want to work while "mourning" the decision by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The worker who didn't come to work while "mourning" Roe v. Wade fired.

A smart Universal Music Group employee says he was fired for "speaking up" about abortion rights, even though he admitted he didn't show up to work because he was "in mourning" over the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In a long note on LinkedIn that went viral last week, Michael Lopez, a production coordinator at Universal Music Enterprises, called the company "anti-gay" for firing a "queer brown person" during Pride Month for "speaking up in defense of abortion rights."

"Like many other people, I was devastated by the Supreme Court's attack on abortion rights last Friday," Lopez wrote.

"Combined with the flood of anti-queer and anti-trans laws, it's hard to understand how companies expect us to work hard while our rights are being taken away."

Lopez then said, "One of my jobs every Friday was to process reports for upcoming releases," and then he sent his work to 275 people via email.

Lopez wrote a long update on LinkedIn, which quickly spread around the world.
Lopez wrote a long update on LinkedIn, which quickly spread around the world.
"Like many other people, I was devastated by the Supreme Court's attack on abortion rights last Friday," Lopez wrote.
"Like many other people, I was devastated by the Supreme Court's attack on abortion rights last Friday," Lopez wrote.

But instead of doing the usual process reports, he sent an email that said, "I didn't do them today."

"I'm sad about the attack on women in the US who have uteruses. Access to abortions that was guaranteed by the government is gone," the email said.

"Vivendi and Universal Music Group must stop giving money to politicians who are against abortion, queer people, and trans people. People like Marsha Blackburn, Ken Buck, Victoria Spartz, etc., are politicians. Or expect more unproductive days," he wrote, adding, "Yours in fury, Michael Lopez."

The Post has asked Universal Music Group what they have to say.

Lopez said that after he sent the angry email, he got a lot of support from his coworkers, but a manager told him to "take the rest of the day off."

Protesters for abortion rights gather in front of the Supreme Court on June 25.
Protesters for abortion rights gather in front of the Supreme Court on June 25.
Outside the Supreme Court, people try to stop a troublemaker.
Outside the Supreme Court, people try to stop a troublemaker.

He said that when he went back to work the next Monday, HR surprised him with a Zoom video chat.

"I was fired for not doing my job, making 275 people's days harder, and having bad judgment," Lopez wrote.

Lopez then said that he sent a "follow up" email to his colleagues to let them know.

According to his long LinkedIn post, he wrote, "Just got fired for this email from Friday, so they're letting you know how they feel about employees speaking out against politicians who support marginalizing people like me."

He said, "A brown queer person got fired for speaking in favor of abortion rights during Pride month. Right now, that seems to be what America is all about."

Lopez's note on LinkedIn went viral, with more than 3,200 reactions, about 250 comments, and more than 60 shares.

Lopez's protest was like the ones that hundreds of other people have held since the June 24 decision.
Lopez's protest was like the ones that hundreds of other people have held since the June 24 decision.

Some commenters were helpful, but others were not as kind.

One LinkedIn user called Lopez "entitled, lazy, and obviously stupid," writing, "Yeah, this is pretty pathetic...

You're an adult man acting like you're in so much "grief" over something that won't affect you in any way that you can't do a simple job at work.

Another LinkedIn user wrote, "If you had just sent the report every Friday, like they asked, would you have lost your job?" Most likely no."

"You didn't lose your job because of your race or sexual orientation, so please don't think that. Your actions are so childish that you should be fired."

Another critic said, "You took a stand because it was the right thing to do. But taking such a stand has consequences, which is what makes them brave... I understand why you didn't work as a form of protest, but you didn't give your boss much of a choice."

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