The Red Badge of...Menstrual Cycles?!?

posted Dec 2, 2010, 10:29 AM by Calan McConkey
I know that employment law isn't really my "thing," but I saw this story and thought it was too good to pass up.

In Norway, a boss has taken the unprecedented step of requiring female employees to wear red bracelets. No, it's not because they are communist or to support a cause. The bracelets are now required when the female employees are menstruating. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently the rationale is that it helps the management know when more frequent bathroom breaks by female employees are legitimate and not the employees just wasting time, with the ultimate goal of improving productivity. And, yes, you read that correctly, too -- bathroom breaks are monitored.

Keep in mind, this is in Norway, not the U.S. I can't even begin to imagine something like this happening in the U.S., without an instant lawsuit, anyway.

Honestly, I wonder if the boss is saying the red bracelet is for excusing increased bathroom usage but it is really because he wants to know when he has to be on his "best behavior" around his female employees in order to avoid potential outbursts due to increased hormones (note: trying to convey this as PC as possible). This is almost something I could see Michael Scott doing on The Office.
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