A now-former employee of a major record label admitted to refusing to do his job since he was “in mourning” over the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade reversal, which came down June 24.
Michael Lopez also ripped his employer — Universal Music Group — for allegedly supporting “anti-abortion” politicians.
Lopez added in a LinkedIn post — which was deleted Tuesday morning — that he soon was fired. In the post he also bemoaned that a “queer brown person” got canned “during Pride month for speaking up in defense of abortion rights.”
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When Roe v. Wade was overturned, Lopez said he was “devastated by the news of the Supreme Court’s attack on abortion rights.”
“Paired with the flood of anti-queer and anti-trans legislation, it’s been hard to process how [companies] expect us to be productive while our rights are being stripped away,” he added.
Lopez explained in his LinkedIn post that on Fridays one of his tasks for UMG is to “process reports for upcoming releases,” which is done in an email to 275 people. But Lopez said he sent the following email instead:
Subject line: UMe Schedules
I didn’t do them today.
I’m in mourning due to the attack on people with uteruses in the US. Federally guaranteed access to abortion is gone.
Vivendi and 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.
Yours in fury,
What happened next?
Lopez added in his post that he received “several supportive emails from other co-workers and a manager calling to tell me to take the rest of the day off.” He also said he was “proud of letting allies know that our company has been donating to these politicians.”
But the positivity didn’t last.
Lopez said he got fired in the wake of his email and added a paraphrased reason from the powers that be: “Not doing your job, disrupting the day of 275 people, and poor judgement.”
Figuring he’d soon be locked out of his computer, Lopez said he sent a follow-up mass email:
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.
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.
What did Universal Music Group have to say?
UMG told the New York Post that Lopez’s claims aren’t true: “As a matter of policy, we can’t discuss an individual’s personnel record. We can say that what was posted on social media is inaccurate.”
The music label added to the paper that it “has a long record of support for women’s issues” and that after the SCOTUS abortion reversal, it “extended its efforts to assure that these important healthcare services remain accessible to employees.” UMG noted to the Post that “we also financially support non-profit groups working in this area and offer a match for employee’s contributions to those groups, as well.”