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Guardia Civil officer reports bosses over toilet-break complaint

  • The officer was accused of abandoning her post after an urgent trip to the bathroom

A female Guardia Civil officer has made an official complaint against bosses after she was reprimanded for making an urgent trip to the toilet as her period had started.

The alleged incident happened in Barcelona on International Women’s Day when the officer had to go to the toilet at short notice due to menstruation, meaning she left her post for a few minutes. On returning to her position, a sergeant is said to have accused her of abandoning her post, an offence which carries a punishment of four days’ lost earnings.

The officer has asked the Guardia Civil to carry out an internal inquiry concerning possible workplace harassment, although her solicitor has not ruled out taking the incident to court if necessary.