Excuse my uterus then, damn.
I just got a verbal warning for discussing my period on the job. I’m a supervisor, apparently that means the standards are “different” bc I made someone “uncomfortable”.
I didn’t even bring it up, one of my supervisees was telling me she was having menstrual cramps. I told her I was too. That was it.
Got a talking to from the same HR lady who gave a lecture last year on gender inequality in the workplace. Her advice? “Take less time getting ready in the morning so men take you seriously.”
I was shocked. I told them that I’ve never had a job where it was ever a problem to discuss it.
I think the complaint may have been made by this weirdly sensitive dude who quit without notice less than a week after this incident. It’s not an uncommon topic in our office so I’m genuinely confused why I’ve been singled out.
- One time I came into work looking miserable. My boss asked why and I told him I have cramps. He says, “you didn’t need to tell me that.” I responded with, “you asked.”
He admitted that I was right lol
- Just use increasingly bizarre euphemisms for your “Visit from the moon goddess,” and your “Rose time.”
- “I’m sorry, I can’t think of an appropriate response to your feedback, could you give me a moment?”
Walk off laughing in a derisory manner.
- Sounds like you could start documenting this stuff for gender discrimination. HR Lady saying what she said, being chastised for discussing natural bodily functions. May not be outright, but seems like there’s a poor culture there.
- Where do you work? I’ll get a job there and start talking about periods. I’m a man BTW. Wonder if they’d have a problem then. It’s natural, not a big deal at all.