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.
The following Monday, HR communicated to Lopez his termination, for not doing his job, disrupting the day of his co-workers, and poor judgement.
Is Lopez's termination for not doing his job in protest over abortion rights legal? Well, it depends.
The National Labor Relations Act protects employees from retaliation by their employers when they engage in political advocacy. The legality of termination hinges on the timing and disruptiveness of the protest.
- Non-disruptive political advocacy for or against a specific issue related to a specifically identified employment concern, which takes place during the employees’ own time and in non-work areas = protected.
- On-duty political advocacy for or against a specific issue related to a specifically identified employment concern = subject to lawful and neutrally applied work rules.
- Leaving or stopping work to engage in political advocacy for or against a specific issue related to a specifically identified employment concern = subject to restrictions imposed by lawful and neutrally-applied work rules.