Premenopausal Woman Sues Ex-Employer Over Heavy Period Discrimination

Period Pricks: Employer Sued After Firing Premenopausal Woman For Soiling Seat

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Woman Sues Ex-Employer For Firing Her Over Periods

A loyal and long time 911 operator is suing her former employer after they  fired her for not being able to control her menstrual flow. Her termination came after employers said she ruined company property with her periods.

The American Civil Liberties Union is helping the fired woman, Alisha Coleman, sue Bobby Dodd Institute, a job training and employment agency in Fort Benning, Georgia where she had worked for nearly a decade. The mother of two was fired in 2016 for experiencing two incidents of sudden onset, heavy menstrual flow, a symptom of premenopause.

“Employers have no business policing women’s bodies or their menstrual cycles,” said Andrea Young, ACLU of Georgia executive director. “Firing a woman for getting her period at work is offensive and an insult to every woman in the workplace. A heavy period is something nearly all women will experience, especially as they approach menopause, and Alisha was shamed, demeaned and fired for it. That’s wrong and illegal under federal law. We’re fighting back.”
That is pretty crazy to think these employers would just toss Alisha aside after a decade long of loyalty. She says:
“Every woman dreads getting period symptoms when they’re not expecting them, but I never thought I could be fired for it. Getting fired for an accidental period leak was humiliating. I don’t want any woman to have to go through what I did, so I’m fighting back.”
The ACLU further argues title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex, including “pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions.” Welp! Hope they’re ready to pay up, seems like a pretty open and shut case to us.
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