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A employee of Universal Music Group claims he was fired for “speaking up” about abortion rights.

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Michael Lopez, a production coordinator at Universal Music Enterprises, admitted he refused to work because he was in “mourning” over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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He said he was fired for “speaking up in defense of abortion rights.”

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In a lengthy post shared on LinkedIn, Lopez blasted the company as “anti-gay” for terminating a “queer brown person” during Pride Month for “speaking up in defense of abortion rights.”

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He wrote: “Last Friday, like countless other folks, I was devastated by the news of the supreme court’s attack on abortion rights.

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“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.”

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Lopez went on to explain that each Friday “one of my tasks was to process reports for upcoming releases” and then to email his work to 275 people.

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But instead of doing the usual process reports, he wrote an email that read: “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.”

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He continued in the mail: “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.”

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He signed off the mail with “Yours in fury, Michael Lopez.”

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After sending the email, Lopez said he received several supportive replies from co-workers but was told by a manager to “take the rest of the day off.”

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When he returned to work the following Monday, he said he was greeted with “a surprise Zoom video chat with HR.”

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

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A spokesperson for Universal Music Group told The Post: “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.”

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“UMG has a long record of support for women’s issues,”  the spokesperson added.

 

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“As we wrote to our US employees, UMG views reproductive health care as essential.

 

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“In the wake of the recent US Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade, the company has extended its efforts to assure that these important healthcare services remain accessible to employees.

 

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“We also financially support non-profit groups working in this area and offer a match for employee’s contributions to those groups, as well.”

 

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