Bosses Are Warned To Support Women

The amount of employment tribunals citing menopause has surged in recent years, and experts are now warning companies to increase support or face legal action.

According to figures from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, menopause was cited in only five cases in the last nine months of 2018 but jumped to ten mentions in the first six months of 2021.

Experts say women are frequently standing up for themselves over menopause-related discrimination and challenging bosses who don’t acknowledge or offer support for symptoms.

There are 34 recognised menopause symptoms, including brain fog, electric shock jolts, itchiness, loss of libido, joint pain and a burning mouth, alongside the better recognised hot flushes and irritability.

In a newspaper outlet in Scotland, one woman alleged her boss embarrassed her in front of co-workers in relation to her menopause symptoms, including an episode where she was called a dinosaur in front of customers.

She was awarded £28,000. In another case, social worker Maria Rooney, 49, challenged Leicester City Council of wrongful dismissal.

She maintained her anxiety and depression caused by menopause were ignored, and Aggie Kownacka, a recruitment worker, was told by her boss that it was no big deal that her cancer diagnosis would trigger early menopause at the age of 37, another tribunal heard.

The HM Courts and Tribunals Service numbers relate only to cases that were escalated to a tribunal in England and doesn’t cover a vast number of employment disputes resolved privately.

According to the consultancy Menopause Experts, menopause was highlighted only eight times in employment disputes in 2017 but was cited 116 times in the first six months of 2021.

Sinead Casey, a partner at Linklater’s law firm said the menopause revolution is coming, with increasing calls for more awareness and support, and she said that employers need to wake up and also leave themselves wide open to legal vulnerability if they don’t.

More than five million working women are aged 40 to 55 in Britain and approximately 80 per cent of those will have symptoms of menopause while employed.

It is also true that more women take off time than men do because they have to also take care of their children, then there’s pregnancy, maternity leave and so forth, but that doesn’t make them any less valuable than a man because I’d like to see a man carry babies, produce milk to feed them and be the primary caregiver.

The point is that women who do the same job as a man are also doing the reproducing and nurturing of the next generation and I’d like to see men do it because if they had to, they would also whine about the length of their maternity/paternity leave as well.

But it’s not just women, it’s men as well that are suffering because if you’re male and between 40 and 50 years old, companies want them gone because they would rather employ youngsters who they know won’t just keel over on the shop floor.

Menopause might not be classed as a disability, however, some of the symptoms might constitute a disability, meaning it could trigger other problems that could affect the body, therefore, an employer should make reasonable adjustments and protect that person from less favourable treatment, particularly from co-workers.

Sadly there are a lot of workplaces out there that discriminate against women, even in this day and age, and soon women will start getting the boot because they’re taking time off work because of menopause, and those workplaces that do discriminate against women or anyone for that matter, well, it doesn’t really say much for them, does it?

Published by Angela Lloyd

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