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Man Reports Co-Worker To HR For Acknowledging Menstrual Cramps

It's 2017, and you'd think by now that the fact that women menstruate would be a simple fact of life rather than some shocking secret. It's bad enough that people are still making excuses for the gender wage gap.

It's still shocking that a man pays no tax on Rogaine to treat his male pattern baldness, while women have to pay tax on monthly biological necessities like tampons and pads. But even in this day and age, the fact that period shaming goes on is unacceptable.

A woman on the message forum 'Mumsnet.com' took to the boards to ask other women if they thought she was being unreasonable. She proceeded to tell a tale of how her whole company was in an uproar because she had period cramps one day.

The woman was working quietly at her desk, but pain medication wasn't enough to take the edge off the monthly cramps, so she employed a hot water bottle against her back.

A co-worker she calls by the fictitious name 'Guy' came over and asked if she was cold. The woman explained the hot water bottle was for pain relief because she was having cramps. "He look[ed] confused and then literally horrified and then he walk[ed] away," the woman wrote.

Guy proceeded to contact Human Resources to complain. "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?'" she writes.

"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.'"

Some 10 minutes later, the woman found herself in a private meeting room with the HR director, who proceeds to chastise her for disclosing her 'medical problems' to her co-workers.

The woman tried to explain, but the HR director said, "If you’re so unwell you need a hot water bottle you should be home, Guy is extremely uncomfortable and it’s unprofessional.'"

The woman was flabbergasted, especially because Guy, who has a bad back, sometimes takes meetings with clients while lying down flat on the floor. The woman says she imagines it must make clients uncomfortable, and notes she only uses water bottles when working alone at her desk.

"Other people have standing desks, weird foot rests, all kinds of chairs and special backrests for their back pain and wrist braces for their wrist pain and a hundred other things and I’m not allowed to have a hot water bottle for my menstrual cramps? Am I right to be completely f--king furious?"

As it turns out, commenters believe she had a right to be furious because she was period-shamed, a common issue women face in the workplace. Some say HR's response was even worse than 'Guy' being freaked out by a vague reminder that women do indeed menstruate.

The post has gone viral and many hope it will bring attention to the issue in this woman’s company—and other companies as well.

Source: Bustle
Photos: Pexels, Twitter, Doctor On Call, City Of Chicago DHS

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