HR Director 'chastises' employee for being open about period pains

HR Director 'chastises' employee for being open about period pains

An HR Director has reportedly chastised a female employee, after she told a male member of staff that she was suffering from period pains. She claims that he rebuked her for being 'unprofessional' and making her supervisor feel ‘uncomfortable’.

Emilie, who wrote about the alleged ordeal on Twitter, said her male supervisor questioned why she was sitting at her desk with a hot water bottle, to which she explained that it was for pain relief.

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Comments (3)

  • Gloria
    Tue, 18 Jul 2017 8:39am BST
    This is not a medical problem, this is nature and not a choice. The Director needs guidance/support from HR to address his insecurity about talking about this.
  • Neil
    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 6:06pm BST
    This is ridiculous & discriminatory. If she was my wife or daughter I would suggest that they take action either thru labor board or an attorney to remedy this. Like the article said, many of us have accommodations for pain. Why does menstrual pain get treated any different that headache, carpal tunnel or stomach cramps. It's not like she said "I'm having explosive diarrhea today"...that MAY be a reason for the type of response she got. But GROW UP! Women get cramps...some real bad. Men that get uncomfortable need to be dealt with...not the poor woman. Arent the cramps bad enough? now its a freakin HR issue? Can't we save the time and energy for sexual harassment? (which this borders on for that poor woman who just wanted some pain relief. Better she should take pain pills????
  • Anna Kane
    Anna Kane
    Fri, 14 Jul 2017 1:24pm BST
    I would be fuming if I was her. From the evidence presented in the article it sounds like a clear case of discrimination.

    I am running an experiential development programme for women to build authentic confidence in the workplace. One of the sessions is about 'menstruality' - understanding how us women can harness the energy from our cycles. 9/10 times I explain this particular aspect of my programme women respond "Oohh I need that, no one ever talks about that kind of stuff".

    For many women, there is at least one day a month when they are unable to perform at their regular levels at work; this needs to be understood more and the taboo broken on being able to talk openly about such issues. It doesn't mean we need the finer details, just in the same way we don't need the finer details of someone's personal illness, but there are ways to have constructive conversations!

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