Bias & Bathroom Access
We recently wrote about an employee who sued for sex discrimination after she wasn’t given permission to leave the assembly line to take a bathroom break. She lost her Title VII lawsuit; see Waiting For Relief.
For a similar case from 2009 involving a Verizon employee who sued for bias over a filthy unisex bathroom, see Sharing Bathroom Isn’t Biased.
Although Title VII doesn’t ensure access, denying rest room breaks can lead to claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For example, see $200K For Withheld Relief and Urgency Control Is Major Activity and Right to Rest Break.
For a case about another employee’s attempt to gain access using a different federal law, you may also like to see our 2006 story No FMLA Bathroom Breaks.