Period policy will only end up causing division, not equality

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Did you read about the company from Bristol called Coexist that has revealed plans to offer ‘period leave’ to its female employees?

Apparently they will be formally entitled to paid leave if experiencing pain during their monthly menstrual cycle.

If ‘period leave’ was ever made compulsory in this country, then I fear it would be just another excuse for an employer not to employ a woman

The new initiative aims to tap into female staff’s ‘natural rhythms’ in order to create a happier and more productive work environment – and it could be a UK first.

I’m sure it will be happier for those at home in their dressing gowns, but what about the male employees back in the office with extra work to do?

How do they feel?

Have a duvet day, watch Loose Women and eat Ben & Jerry’s whilst other people’s workloads increase. I’m sure your colleagues will be over the moon to be covering for you.

Surely this policy is only going to promote divisions in the workplace, not harmony and equality.

I hope male staff are going to get time off too when they’re not feeling well, otherwise it’s just discrimination.

You know what I think? Today’s generation need to stop being such babies about things.

Either women are capable of performing on an equal footing to men or they’re not.

If you require unequal treatment, then you’re not equal.

Generations of women have worked through period pains. Why all of a sudden is it such an issue?

If you’re in pain, fair enough, take time off.

But take it as sick leave like anybody would do if they weren’t well.

If ‘period leave’ was ever made compulsory in this country, then I fear it would be just another excuse for an employer not to employ a woman.

I’m sure it’s hard enough already to employ women with all the maternity benefits that are on offer now.

Of course employers are not supposed to discriminate, but I bet it’s a consideration.

And what about the women who want to get on in their careers without facing addistional hurdles to progression?