Employee who refused to work while ‘mourning’ Roe v. Wade fired

A woke Common Music Group employee claims he was fired for “talking up” about abortion rights — after he admitted he refused to work as a result of he was in “mourning” over the Supreme Court docket’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Michael Lopez, a manufacturing coordinator at Common Music Enterprises, blasted the corporate as “anti-gay” for terminating a “queer brown particular person” throughout Pleasure Month for “talking up in protection of abortion rights,” in response to a lengthy note on LinkedIn that went viral final week.

“Final Friday, like numerous folks, I used to be devastated by the information of the supreme courtroom’s [sic] assault on abortion rights,” Lopez wrote.

“Paired with the flood of anti-queer and anti-trans laws, it’s been laborious to course of how firm’s [sic] count on us to be productive whereas our rights are being stripped away.”

Lopez then went on to elucidate that every Friday “one in every of my duties was to course of experiences for upcoming releases” after which to e-mail his work to 275 folks.

However as a substitute of doing the same old course of experiences, he wrote an e-mail that learn: “I didn’t do them in the present day.”

“I’m in mourning as a result of assault on folks with uteruses within the US. Federally assured entry to abortion is gone,” the e-mail continued.

Lopez posted a prolonged replace on LinkedIn that shortly went viral.
Michael Lopez statement on LinkedIn
“Final Friday, like numerous folks, I used to be devastated by the information of the supreme courtroom’s [sic] assault on abortion rights,” Lopez wrote.

“Vivendi and Common Music Group should cease donating to anti-abortion, anti-queer and anti-trans politicians. Politicians like Marsha Blackburn, Ken Buck, Victoria Spartz, and so on. Or count on extra unproductive days,” he wrote, signing off with “Yours in fury, Michael Lopez.”

The Submit has sought remark from Common Music Group.

After sending the loaded e-mail, Lopez stated he acquired a number of supportive replies from co-workers — however was informed by a supervisor to “take the remainder of the day without work.”

When he returned to work the next Monday, he stated he was greeted with “a shock Zoom video chat with HR.”

“I used to be being let go for (paraphrasing) ‘Not doing all of your job, disrupting the day of 275 folks and poor judgement’,” Lopez wrote.

Lopez then stated he despatched a “observe up” to the e-mail listing, informing his colleagues.

“Simply obtained fired for this e-mail from Friday, in order that they’re letting you understand the place they stand on workers talking out on politicians that assist marginalization for folk like me,” he reportedly wrote, in response to his prolonged LinkedIn publish.

He opined: “A brown queer particular person terminated throughout Pleasure month talking in assist of abortion rights. Looks as if that’s precisely what America is all about proper now.”

Abortion-rights protesters demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on June 25.
Abortion-rights protesters display exterior the Supreme Court docket on June 25.
Protestors attempt to block a disrupter outside the Supreme Court.
Protestors try to dam a disrupter exterior the Supreme Court docket.
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Lopez’s observe on LinkedIn went viral, producing greater than 3,200 reactions, some 250 feedback and greater than 60 shares.

Whereas some commenters have been supportive, others have been much less sympathetic.

One LinkedIn person referred to as Lopez “entitled, lazy, and clearly ignorant,” writing: “Yeah that is fairly pathetic…You a grown man pretending to have ‘grief’ so unbelievably insufferable over one thing that can by no means have an effect on you in any means which you could’t carry out a easy activity at work.”

One other LinkedIn commenter wrote: “If you happen to simply despatched the report like they requested each Friday… would you’ve got misplaced your job? More than likely no.”

The commenter added: “You didn’t lose your job based mostly in your coloration or sexual orientation so please cease pondering that. Your actions are infantile trigger for termination.”

Lopez's protest echoed the sentiments of hundreds of people who have mobilized in the wake of the June 24 decision.
Lopez’s protest echoed the emotions of tons of of people that have mobilized within the wake of the June 24 determination.
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One other straight-shooting critic identified: “You made a stand based mostly upon precept. However such stands include penalties — that’s what makes them courageous…I respect your determination to withhold your labor as a type of protest, however you left your employer little alternative.” 

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