Dept of Labor slammed for giving ‘menstruators’ tips on how to ‘thrive at work’

The U.S. Department of Labor became the target of backlash after sharing a post using the word “menstruators” instead of women.

To promote Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, a day of awareness started by the German non-profit WASH United in 2013, the U.S. government promoted a blog post on the “5 easy actions employers can take to help menstruators thrive at work.”

The blog repeatedly referred to “menstruating employees” and added that the Women’s Bureau is “breaking down the stereotypes and stigmas that have made menstruation a taboo topic in the workplace.”

While employers have already made sure to provide some guidelines that help “to support menstruators,” the Labor Department listed five specific ways they can do more to ensure workplaces are “more menstruation-friendly.”

These included flexibility in uniforms and working hours, access to products in bathrooms, and guaranteed access to paid sick leave. Employers were also encouraged to make adjustments to ensure “workplaces are more inclusive of menstruating employees, reduce the stigma surrounding menstruation, and improve menstruators’ quality of life at work.”

“Menstruation does not have to be taboo,” the post concludes. “Employees who feel supported can continue to thrive in the workplace during their periods. By providing basic protections and accommodations, employers can signal a commitment to ensuring all workers maintain the dignity they deserve.”

The Labor Department was shredded on social media.

 

Frieda Powers

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