Alisha Coleman, a former 911 dispatcher is suing her employer, the Bobby Dodd Institute, alleging she was fired over two heavy period leaks she experienced while working in 2015. According to the suit, she was going through pre-menopause, which may cause heavy and unpredictable periods, at the time of the incidents. She received a disciplinary notice for “soiling a chair” after the first incident, and was fired when it happened a second time, the lawsuit alleges. The company cited her failure to “practice high standards of personal hygiene and maintain a clean, neat appearance while on duty” as the cause for her dismissal, according to the complaint.
“Every woman dreads getting period symptoms when they’re not expecting them, but I never thought I could be fired for it,” Coleman stated in a press release. A district court ruled that pre-menopause was not a condition protected from discrimination under the law, however, so she is now appealing the case along with the ACLU. “Federal law is supposed to protect women from being punished, harassed, or fired because of their sex, and being fired for unexpectedly getting your period at work is the very essence of sex discrimination,” explained Galen Sherwin, senior staff attorney at the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU.
A spokesperson for the company reportedly declined to comment on the case citing pending litigation.
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