In news that we honestly can’t believe we’re still having to report in 2017, a woman has taken to an online forum to share a truly sexist experience in the workplace; having a male supervisor report her to HR for having her period.
“I remember I have a hot water bottle in my desk drawer – I used it all winter in my freezing office, and a few other people, male and female, have one as well – we have a rule against using personal space heaters,” the woman known as Snuffalo posted to Mumsnet.
After filling the water bottle and returning to her desk, Snuffalo’s supervisor, who she refers to as Guy, came over.
"I fill the hot water bottle, nestle it in my lap, and I’m back to work. My sort-of-supervisor* we’ll call Guy comes over to talk to me about something, notices the hot water bottle, says “there’s no way you’re cold today, are you?” I say “um, no, just for the pain relief”. He looks confused and then literally horrified and then he walks away."
Thinking nothing of it, Snuffalo returned to work, but within minutes a chat message from an HR administrator popped up on her computer asking if she was alright.
“Guy says you’re not well and should go home," the message read.
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Snuffalo replied saying she was fine, she simply had some menstrual cramps.
Ten minutes and no response later, Snuffalo received a phone call from a HR Director asking her to find a private meeting room where they could talk.
"She then tells me that I shouldn’t disclose my medical problems to anyone who isn’t part of HR as it can make them uncomfortable," Snuffalo wrote, saying that she explained to the Director what had happened and her shock at the situation being escalated.