Norwegian company orders employees to wear a red bracelet during their period

red bracelet
The mark of the menses.

Holy shit:

The astonishing demand was revealed in 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.

It added: ‘But the most extreme action was taken by one manager who made women having their period wear a red bracelet to justify more frequent trips to the loo.

I have no qualms being public about the fact that I have my period, for whatever reason. Wearing a bracelet? Eh, menstruation isn’t that exciting to me. But either way, it’s my decision to make. Just mine. The violation of privacy here is just beyond ridiculous. I’ll say it: It’s ridonkulous. If I were a employee at this company, I would come into work the next day wearing tampon earrings and stick a maxi pad on my forehead. (If you’re going to make me uncomfortable, might as well make everyone else.) Oh, and then sue their asses.
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5 Comments

  1. Posted December 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    God. I have to say I worked one place where we were subjected to lots of stupid restrictions, but nothing that bad. The irony is that had the dysfunction of the work environment, almost exclusively caused by bad management, been adequately addressed there would have been no need to keep employees from avoiding work.

  2. Posted December 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    It’s the Daily Fail. Are there other sources for this?

  3. Posted December 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    So what about employees suffering from IBS? Brown jewelry, I suppose?

  4. Posted December 2, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps the women could all do a Menstruation Shuffle on the way to the loo. If you’re going to be humiliated, might as well send it up. Oh – and yes, by all means, do a Menstruation Shuffle as you serve your lawyers’ papers to the company…

  5. Posted December 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    in hungary there was a similar case at lidl stores. mgmt required from female cashiers to wear red headband during menstruation to justify more frequent visits to toilet. and it was not reduced to hungary, we have heard about czech lidl cases as well.

    they treat workers as animals.

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