That Time of the Month: Boss Tags Women With Red Bands

You know, to monitor bathroom breaks
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 1, 2010 3:23 AM CST
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(Newser) – We're apparently not making this up: One Norway boss makes female staffers wear red wristbands during that time of the month to explain frequent bathroom breaks. That tidbit popped up in a new report about "tyrannical" bathroom rules at Norwegian workplaces. The report found that some 66% of managers insist workers ask them for a key each time staffers needed to use the bathroom. But nobody else took it to the red-band extreme.

"Women quite justifiably feel humiliated by being tagged in this way, so that all their colleagues are aware of this intimate detail of their private life," the report concluded. Findings have been passed on to a government official, notes the Daily Mail. "These are extreme cases of workplace monitoring, but they are real," he said. "Toilet codes relating to menstrual cycles are clear violations of privacy."

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