- More than a third of unemployed people over 50 believe ageism is preventing return to work
- There has been an increase in tribunal cases citing menopause for complaint
- Jenny Murray says cases is separating midlife women from the rest of the workforce
- Employers may be reluctant to hire a woman who took her previous one to court
Suddenly, one can talk about that once taboo topic – menopause. With celebrities from Davina McCall to Joe Whye sharing their personal experiences, we now have women battling the misconception that the onset of hot flushes, the occasional brain fog or feeling low from time to time, can make you feel better at work. makes it ineligible.
According to data from HM Courts and Tribunal Service, there were five employment tribunal cases citing menopause in the last nine months of 2018, which increased to ten in the first six months of 2021.
In one case in Scotland, a woman won £28,000 when she claimed that her boss would humiliate her in front of coworkers and call her a dinosaur in front of clients regarding going through menopause. In another example, a social worker brought a case against Leicester City Council, claiming unfair dismissal because her depression and anxiety during menopause were ignored.
Jenny Murray says suing menopause is alienating medieval women from the rest of the workplace (file image)
Winning such a case may sound like a good outcome, but I’m not sure women are doing themselves any favors. What they are doing is isolating themselves – and other middle-aged women – from the rest of the workforce.
Employers should be afraid that they may make the wrong move and end up with a costly court case. A compensation of £28,000 seems like a lot, but success at the Tribunal has often been found to be a Pyrrhic victory.
Other potential employers may be reluctant to take a woman who has taken her previous one to court, and finding a new job has been shown to be generally difficult for women in this age group.
The Center for Aging Better has revealed that more than a third of unemployed people over 50 believe ageism is preventing their return to work.
It’s certainly not worth losing the job you love and are good at your pay and your pension, just for the satisfaction of proving the boys’ joke about your hot flushes was annoying and unfair.
Jenny (pictured) claims that women are often more loyal, hardworking, and underrepresented in any workplace – menopause or not
If fear of compensation claims drives employers to learn more about what women can do at this time of life and teach themselves – and the men they hire – that a natural and Insulting or undermining a woman because of an unavoidable condition is sex discrimination and against the law, all right. But, as anyone who has been there and survived menopause, I recommend caution.
It is not wise to draw attention to the fact that there is a short period in your work life when you cannot be as agile and sharp as ever. Employers have long been looking for excuses not to hire us.
Rock-solid laws bar any question about planning to have children, but there are still women who lose their jobs because they are pregnant. The Equality and Human Rights Commission put the number of postponements due to pregnancy or maternity leave at 54,000 per year. In middle age, at a senior position at a job you love, why give the employer another reason to think that taking on a woman will make life difficult and expensive?
Menopause does not last very long. Some recover without any symptoms, some suffer very mildly and others are dependent on HRT. The number of post-menopausal women who may feel too rotten to work is disappearing. Keep it out is my advice. Women are often more loyal, hardworking, and underrepresented in any workplace – menopausal or not.
my life with a lovely psycho
Jenny says her cat is outrageously affectionate for a minute and is biting an angry, clawed, monster
There was no need to take a new Puss personality test to establish whether I was home to a psychopath. There is no doubt in my mind that Sue is.
He called Suu Kyi after the name of Aung San Suu Kyi because she is Burmese.
She is beautiful and she knows it. He’s outrageously affectionate one minute and an angry, clawed, biting monster the next. She rockets around the house to encourage the dogs to follow her, stops at a six, turns and ruthlessly strikes them, and Heaven’s help fetch and torture any poor rat. does.
But is he a psychopath or just a cat? And why do I love him so much? Unanswered question, I’m afraid.
I’m So Tired Of Dan The Strictly Ironing Board
Jenny argues that Dan Walker doesn’t dance on Strictly at all, instead circling the floor like an animated ironing board. Pictured: Dan with pro dance partner Nadia Bychkova
Every week I watch Strictly and every week I ask myself: ‘Why Dan?’ Some fantastic dancers have been voted off from time to time, while Dan Walker breathes a huge sigh of relief that he’s created from the skin of his teeth.
Now the BBC presenter (left, with pro dance partner Nadia Bychkova) is in the quarterfinals, qualified to reach the bouncy youngster Tilly Ramsay and her partner Nikita. Both she and Dan have progressed to a point where neither knew the first thing about dancing, but Tilly has learned to do it properly.
Dan, who I’m sure is pretty cool, doesn’t dance at all. He…