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While Obama Dictates Transgender Bathrooms, Poultry Workers Wear Diapers, Denied Bathroom Breaks

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

Last Friday, May 13, 2016, in the name of “civil rights,” the Obama administration ordered all public schools to allow so-called transgenders, i.e., males with penises who claim to be females, access to the bathroom of their choice.

In a letter citing Title IX regulations prohibiting sex discrimination in federally funded schools, Obama’s assistant secretary of education for civil rights Catherine Lhamon and head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta threaten to withhold federal funding from schools that force transgender people to use the bathroom of their biological gender.

Meanwhile, workers in the corporate poultry industry only wish they could go to bathrooms — any bathroom.

corporate poultry industry
Shruti Singh reports for Bloomberg, that according to a report by Oxfam America on May 11, 2016, workers in plants run by the largest U.S. poultry producers — Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Perdue Farms Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. — are reduced too wearing diapers while working on the processing line because they are regularly denied bathroom breaks.

The report cited unnamed poultry workers who said their supervisors mock them, ignore requests and threaten punishment or firing. When they are allowed bathroom breaks, they wait in long lines even though they are given limited time, sometimes only 10 minutes. Some workers have urinated or defecated themselves while working because they can’t hold on any longer. Workers also “restrict intake of liquids and fluids to dangerous degrees,” being told by managers to eat and drink less to avoid bathroom breaks.

The report says it’s not just the workers’ dignity that suffers, but that “they are in danger of serious health problems,” such as urinary tract infections. The conditions present special difficulties for menstruating or pregnant women.

Tyson, Perdue, and Pilgrim’s Pride all deny refusing their workers bathroom breaks. Sanderson’s CFO Mike Cockrell declined to comment on the Oxfam report in an e-mail.

The National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association said in a joint statement that the anecdotes in the Oxfam report don’t represent the whole industry: “We’re troubled by these claims, but also question this group’s efforts to paint the whole industry with a broad brush based on a handful of anonymous claims. We believe such instances are extremely rare and that U.S. poultry companies work hard to prevent them.”

So where’s OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)? Too busy policing Obama’s transgender bathroom decree to inspect corporate poultry factories?

Meanwhile, adult diapers are a booming industry, outpacing that of every other paper-based household staple in the United States. Adult diaper sales are forecasted to increase 48%, to $2.7 billion in 2020 from $1.8 billion last year. As many as 1 in 3 adults—more than 80% of them women—have bladder control issues, the Urology Care Foundation says. Causes include pregnancy and childbirth, health conditions such as diabetes and obesity, and changes that accompany aging, according to the Mayo Clinic.

H/t FOTM‘s MomOfIV.


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