A Man Reports His Collegue To The HR Because She Was Having Her Period

Are You Afraid Of Periods?

So, that is not a complete lie since most women are afraid of them. Moving On. I understand that periods are gross. Men understand that, women understand that, everyone understands that.

However, if it weren’t for our uterus shredding every month, you wouldn’t be here. However gross and painful it may be, we have to just deal with it and move on. I mean it is a normal biological process.


However, Do You Get Uncomfortable If Someone In Your Vicinity Is On Her Period?

So that might sound like a bizarre question. Since who cares what other people are doing? But one person did. You see “Snuffalo”, A Mumsnet user was suffering from “horrible menstrual cramps”.  She took painkillers but that didn’t help either, so she held a bottle on her lap.


You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.

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.

Less than ten minutes later, I get a Slack message from one of the HR admins (HR is based in another office a few hours away) to say “Guy says you’re not well and should go home, everything OK?”

I say “I’m fine, this is sort of weird, he just looked a bit shocked that I had a hot water bottle, I’ve got cramps, you know how it is.”

She goes silent and then offline completely, ten more minutes later, the HR Director calls me and asks me if I can find a meeting room, which I do. 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.

I’m literally shocked, I explain exactly what happened, she says “yes I understand, if you’re so unwell you need a hot water bottle you should be home, Guy is extremely uncomfortable and it’s unprofessional”. I say “this is weird, okay, anything else”? She’s quite breezy and professional – “No, that’s all, if you’re feeling better that’s great but if you need to, please do go home, OK bye!”

Yes, You Read That Right. He Reported Her For Having Periods.

However, People Had Plenty To Say.

Many People Were Pretty Angry And Confused At The Same Time.

Sounds Like A Great Idea! How Do We Make This Happen?

What do you think of the above story? Do you think HR was in the right for sticking up for the guy?

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