Tyrannical Employer Forces Women to Wear Red Bracelets While Menstruating

A Norwegian employer has instituted an insane policy whereby all female workers must wear red bracelets when they're on their periods, to account for their extra use of the restroom.

The Daily Mail reports that similar practices are rampant in the country:

The astonishing demand was revealed in a report by a workers' union into 'tyrannical' toilet rules in Norwegian companies.

The study claimed businesses were becoming obsessed with lost productivity due to employees spending too much time answering the call of nature.

It found 66 per cent of managers made staff ask them for an electronic key card to gain access to the toilets so they could monitor breaks.

Toilets in one in three companies were placed under video-surveillance, while other firms made staff sign a toilet 'visitors book', the report by the Parat union said.

The worst offender was the unnamed company that said women must wear bracelets while menstruating. Norway's chief consumer ombudsman Bjorn Erik Thon said:

These are extreme cases of workplace monitoring, but they are real. Toilet Codes relating to mentrual cycles are clear violations of privacy and is very insulting to the people concerned....We will be carrying out a full review of the rules surrounding employment and privacy over the coming year.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at December 1, 2010, 4:41am

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