Alisha Coleman (front right) with her daughter and two grandchildren. Photo: ACLU

*Alisha Coleman, a 911 operator who had worked at the Bobby Dodd Institute in Fort Benning, Georgia for nearly a decade, claims she was fired from her job in 2016 because she experienced heavy period leaks at work. She tried to take her employer to court for discrimination, but she had no support and the case was thrown out. Now, with the ACLU behind her, the case is much stronger.

According to the ACLU, the first incident happened in Aug. 2015, Coleman accidentally leaked menstrual blood onto her office chair and was told by her manager to leave work and change clothes.

Coleman’s site manager and the Bobby Dodd Institute’s HR director allegedly gave her a disciplinary write up a few days later, warning her that she “would be fired if she ever soiled another chair from sudden onset menstrual flow,” according to the ACLU brief.

Then, on April 22, 2016, Coleman had another heavy period flow incident.

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