Woman Fired Over Period Leakage Sues With Help of ACLU
A person can lose a job for a lot of reasons. Poor performance would be a logical reason. Creating an unpleasant work environment for one’s coworkers could be another. But a woman was actually fired from her job as a 911 dispatcher because she accidentally got menstrual blood on a chair. Now she’s suing her former employers with the help of the ACLU.
According to the lawsuit, Alisha Coleman was working as a 911 call taker at a job training and employment center for people with disabilities. She worked there without incident for Â decade. But then, in 2016, she started going through pre-menopause. One symptom of that was sudden onset periods. They were very heavy and came without warning or schedule.
Alisha Coleman had sudden, heavy periods because of pre-menopause
One day that happened, and it got all over a chair. It’s extremely embarrassing when that happens. A lot of us have been there, though. Even if we’re not yet pre-menopause, many of us probably experienced something like that when we first started menstruating. (I thank God every day that I was wearing black pants in speech class that day.)
Coleman says her employers did not respond with sympathy. The first time it happened, she says they told herÂ â€œshe would be fired if she ever soiled another chair from sudden onset menstrual flow.â€
During perimenopause, hormone levels fluctuate pretty wildly. A person might not menstruate for months on end, and then a sudden hormone spike means a huge flow comes on all at once.
It did happen again, though, and that time they fired Coleman. They said she was fired for failing to â€œpractice high standards of personal hygiene and maintain a clean, neat appearance while on duty.â€
That’s so humiliating. And rage-inducing.
Coleman is suing her former employers
According to Hello Giggles, Coleman tried to sue after that. But the court ruled that pre-menopause was not a condition protected from discrimination. Pregnancy, childbirth, and “related medical conditions” are protected from discrimination under the Civil Rights Act. But the court said pre-menopause did not count.
Now the ACLU of Georgia has allied with Coleman for her appeal.
Do you think her firing was fair? Let us know in the comments.
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