Company Toilets Spark Discrimination Suit!
Well, I have heard it all! Employees often grumble about the conditions of their office buildings or workspaces. But here’s a case where those complaints turned into a lawsuit.
An employee sued over the state of her company’s bathrooms. Here’s what happened.
The employer provided single-occupancy unisex facilities. The woman complained that the bathroom she had access to was frequently dirty and “sometimes occupied when she wanted to use it.”
She repeatedly made complaints and wanted the company to install “gender-segregated restrooms,” but the company basically did nothing. They ignored her (duhhh!).
The employee filed a claim for “gender bias,” saying the lavatory’s condition created an uncomfortable situation for “female employees” (I guess the guys were either not lifting the seat or not putting it down!!).
The company argued that her complaint wasn’t severe enough to create an adverse employment action or a hostile work environment. Moreover, men were just as affected as women by the bathroom situation (I guess there were guys who would rather sit than stand?? Hell, I don’t know!).
Who won?????? Give me some opinions!! Did the court throw it out? Did the employee win??
Hey, this was just something on the “lighter side!”
We have this problem at our office so I’d love to know the answer…
I think she won. How much did she win? Maybe it would be less expensive to add the extra restroom?