A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that municipal sewage treatment plants must create an equitable workforce by hiring more women, or face fines of up to $1,000 per day.
“Men comprise over 95 percent of municipal sewage workers nationwide, while infant and feminine products are responsible for 95 percent of clogged sewers,” wrote District Court Judge Nagy Széklet in a decision handed down today for the Northern District of California. “That is clearly unconstitutional.”
Mayor London Breed disputed the ruling. “I don’t care if San Francisco has fatbergs the size of jumbo jets lurking under our city streets,” she said in a statement. “The constitution clearly protects women and their personal hygiene products from being dragged through the gutter by the patriarchy.”
City Attorney Dennis Herrera, himself a member of the patriarchy, said women probably should play a larger role in city sewer maintenance, although female participation should be capped at 15 percent.
“The city will be filing a response to this blatant misuse of judicial authority,” Herrera said. “If we can’t keep the number of women in our sewers at five percent, we’ll fight for 15.”