On the 8th of March, El Día de la Mujer, a Guardia Civil policewoman had to leave her post for ten minutes because she suddenly started menstruating – it cost her dear.
She was at her post, which was a police patrol car in a port area, when, according to her lawyer, her menstruation began unexpectedly. She went to the nearest toilet to put on a sanitary towel, so that she wouldn’t stain her uniform, she explained.
However, when she returned to the car some 300 metres away, her superior was there and he wasn’t happy. She explained what had happened but he told her to stand to attention and to quite telling him “fairy tales,” adding “you go to the toilet before or after going on duty; not during.”
When she returned to the Guardia Civil post she approached the post commander, a captain, and explained what had happened and to report the unreasonable attitude of the lieutenant.
However the post commander admitted that the officer had spoken with him previously, asking his superior not to speak with her. The commander dismissed her saying that he would not be passing on her complaint up the chain of command. With that, she said she felt indisposed and went home.
Five days later on the 13th she told the lieutenant that she was going ahead with her complaint. As a result the lieutenant put her on a charge, ending in a 2-day suspension without pay.
Since then the service defence lawyer has requested that the G.C. protocol against work harassment be activated.
Editorial comment: had it been a male guardsman who had suffered an attack of diahorrea, would the lieutenant have reacted differently to his subordinate’s explaination? That is the question.
(News: Canary Islands)