It's crazy that this would be an issue in the 21st Century
Rachel Rickert thought that her job with Hyundai at the New York International Auto Show was going to be a great gig, but it ended abruptly after she was fired for simply requesting another uniform. Rachel wasn’t able to make it to the restroom in time, and she accidentally bled through her uniform. Most women have experienced this in their lifetimes, yet her female boss wasn’t having this “period situation.” Now Rachel is fighting back.
Rachel Rickert was hired by Hyundai to represent their brand at the prestigious New York International Auto Show back in April; she was chosen for her gorgeous looks and thin figure and was tasked with greeting guests and telling them some facts about the brand.
She was working for three hours straight on April 13th, the second day of the show, when she said that she needed to go to the restroom. When she got there, she realized that she had soiled her uniform of black tights and a black dress due to menstruating.
Being a professional, Rachel told the talent manager Erika Seifred that she would need to change into another uniform to continue working, but Erika said that she should just take the night off to deal with her “period situation.” Finally on April 15th, Erika called Rachel to tell her that she wasn’t allowed back to work the event.
Rachel explained, “She called me and pretty much told me that Hyundai didn’t want me representing them anymore at the show because they got word of my menstrual cycle.”
Rachel was obviously offended by this turn of events; she was being discriminated against for having a totally natural bodily function. She continued, “You’re not a robot. You have to use the bathroom especially when you’re on your period. They just act like we’re not human. I’m not going to be ashamed or shamed of having my period.”
Discrimination Most Foul
Rachel decided to take action, saying, “I’m not going to let someone tell me I can’t have my period when I work. It’s unacceptable.” She lawyered up and filed suit against her discriminators.
According to her US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint, Erika Seifred dismissed Rachel “because Hyundai heard about Ms. Rickert having her menstrual cycle and they didn’t want Ms. Rickert representing the company anymore.” Rachel’s attorney Mark Shirian explained, “Discrimination of any kind, especially because of a menstrual cycle, should not be tolerated.”
Rachel also said that she had yet to be paid for the time that she did work at the show which is about $5,000.
Rachel’s EEOC complaint was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan against multiple parties involved in this sad situation. The defendants include Hyundai and Erika Seifred’s management firm Experiential Talent. Rachel and her lawyer may later file a fed discrimination lawsuit.
A representative for Hyundai stated, “We take any complaint like this seriously and will respond appropriately once we have a chance to investigate the merits of the claim.”
Menstruation is still seen as a filthy thing in some countries; women will be barred from entering their own homes during their period, and they won’t be allowed to touch anyone because they’re seen as unclean. The country of Nepal finally made it illegal to send women and girls to menstruation huts after some girls died from smoke inhalation after lighting fires in the huts just to stay warm.
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