Male ex-period officer set to sue after role scrapped over backlash

Jason Grant was appointed to the role in August, in a move branded 'ridiculous' by some critics.

Ex-period dignity officer Jason Grant looking to sue after Tayside role scrapped over backlash iStockSupplied

A former period dignity officer in Dundee is looking to sue over a public dismissal after his employers faced major backlash over his appointment.

Jason Grant was appointed to the role in August after it became a legal requirement for local authorities and educational settings under the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act 2021.

Following major backlash, which saw the likes of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, tennis icon Martina Navratilova and actress Frances Barber criticise the appointment, the role was axed on Tuesday.

Dundee and Angus College announced the role will not continue in a statement, alleging “threats and abuse” to be the primary reason.

Now, Grant is looking to take legal action against the partnership between Dundee College, Angus Council, Perth College and Dundee City Council which hired him.

In a statement, his lawyer alleged that Grant had been “excluded from key discussions and decisions” before being “publicly dismissed”.

“Let it be known that my client was removed from his role and did not leave,” the statement read.

“This was not something they wanted to happen and he was excluded from key discussions and decisions that were made.

“A crucial and landmark appointment a few weeks ago which he was committed to and now the role is allegedly no longer required.

“He was publicly dismissed yesterday before his employer had officially confirmed the position in writing to him.”

It added that Jason’s reputation had fallen from “Poster Boy to Fall Guy in a matter of weeks” as he was subjected to “constant attack” from thousands “around the globe”.

The statement concluded: “There are many legal issues arising not only from his appointment but in the decisions that have been made not to support Jason or stand by their appointment which could impact his health, career and future prospects.

“If Jason was not a man, would he have been dismissed from the role? How would you feel if this was a member of your family? The legal process and pursuit of justice will bring answers.”

The period dignity officer role was advertised online with a salary between £33,153 and £36,126 a year on a fixed term contract until 2024.

Legislation to offer free period products was proposed by Labour MSP Monica Lennon and it was unanimously backed in the Scottish Parliament in 2020.

The partnership between Dundee College, Angus Council, Perth College and Dundee City Council has been contacted for comment.