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Bathroom use discrimination?

Discussion in 'Discrimination & Sexual Harassment' started by DrIkkity, Jan 16, 2020 at 12:21 PM.

  1. DrIkkity

    DrIkkity Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I work in a guard shack for a shipping yard contracted to another company. Traditionally there are 2 bathrooms. One was inside and unisex. Another was out the locked door and around the corner of the building. (Small building, around an extra 15-20 steps fromt eh other restroom). The second bathroom requires leaving a secure building and walking a short distance outside. It is also a public unisex room. Any employee and customer has access to it.

    The company that owns the gaurd shack recently changed the bathrooms. The restroom located inside is now for only one gender and the bathroom outside stayed the same. Myself and the other 4 who share the same gender are only allowed to use the outside one. There are around 30 employees that are employed in the building that use the restrooms.

    Is this legally okay? Is there anything I can do?
     
  2. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

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    For 20 paces, is this something you want to be fired over?
     
  3. DrIkkity

    DrIkkity Law Topic Starter New Member

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    20 paces out of a secured building in the weather. Sometimes pouring rain or freezing snow. To use . public restroom that has literally had feces spread all over both the floor and toilet. Which we arent allowed to clean ourselves (reprimanded if we do and it's found out) and instead have to call maintenance. Average wait for them is 3-4 hours. The opposite gender is allowed to use the bathroom inside and only employees are able to use it. (Much more respect for cleanliness than the public)
     
  4. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    If I was facing the GIGANTIC change, I'd consider the recent change well within the power of the employer/building owner.

    Yes, you'll get more exercise as you use the NEW, exclusive relief facilities.

    In fact, I'd write a nice note thanking the employer for being so considerate.
     
  5. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    Yes, it seems so as described.

    1. At the beginning and end of shift check if maintenance is needed and call. If there is a separate shift ask them to do the same.

    2. Without complaining, inform YOIR employer of unsanitary conditions and ask if there is any alternative.

    3. Do nothing. Recognize that one gender was gong to have to use the other restroom and you were simply outnumbered.

    4. Seek reassignment or new employment.
     
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  6. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Regarding #4, I assume you mean job reassignment not gender reassignment...correct? ;):p
     
  7. mightymoose

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    Hmm.... Maybe try both?

    Perhaps all you have to do is "identify" as the more convenient gender.
     
  8. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Not really how it works, Sport. ;)
     
  9. Tax Counsel

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    Just so I understand this, the company that owns the guard shack and that made this change is NOT your employer, right?
     
  10. DrIkkity

    DrIkkity Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Correct. I work for a company that is contracted to work in the building. The owner of the building made the change
     

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