A model has claimed she was fired from her job representing the car maker Hyundai at an international auto show for having her period.
Rachel Rickert, 27, has filed a complaint against Hyundai, claiming she was “shamed” by the company.
She said she was representing the car firm at the New York International Auto Show in April when she had to rush to the lavatory to change her tampon.
She then asked for a new uniform but was told to go home because of her “period situation”, she said.
“I’m not going to let someone tell me I can’t have my period when I work. It’s unacceptable,” Rickert told the New York Post.
“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.”
She had expected to make around $5,000 for her work at the show.
Erika Seifred, her talent rep, told her that she was being dismissed “because Hyundai heard about Ms Rickert having her menstrual cycle and they didn’t want Ms Rickert representing the company anymore,” according to a US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint reported by the Post.
The EEOC complaint is reportedly against Hyundai and Ms Seifred’s management firm, Experiential Talent.
There was no comment from Mr Seifred.
Mark Shirian, Rickert’s lawyer, said: “Discrimination of any kind, especially because of a menstrual cycle, should not be tolerated.”
Hyundai Motor America said it was investigating the allegations.
“We take any complaint like this seriously and will respond appropriately once we have a chance to investigate the merits of the claim,” a spokesman for the company said.
Hyundai Motor America told the BBC that it had not yet received an EEOC filing.
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