Gender and Bathrooms in the Workplace

A Kantola Learning Minute


You’ve no doubt heard the debates about bathrooms and who can use them, specifically laws barring transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice. In this week’s Kantola Learning Minute workplace trainer Linda Garrett, JD, shares helpful tips for creating an environment where everyone is included and everyone can "go”.



Transcript:
Hi, I'm Linda Garrett with a Kantola Learning Minute.

Let's talk about bathrooms. You've no doubt heard about the debates in some parts of our country over bathrooms and who can use them, specifically at laws aimed at barring transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice. But here's the thing: If people can't go, people can't work. So it's actually a very serious issue.

Gender identity and gender expression are personal issues which should not bar employment opportunities for people. California has recently enacted a law that requires single occupant bathrooms in public buildings to be gender neutral. In other words, anyone, regardless of gender, may use the single occupant bathroom, lock the door, and have some privacy. Signage might indicate that the use is not specific to one group or another. One sign I saw says, "We don't care. Just please wash your hands."

So if you work in an office that has a single occupant bathroom you might want to consider making them all gender neutral, even if it's not required by your laws. That way no one is excluded, everyone can go, and everyone can work a normal workday without making it a huge issue.

Thanks for joining us today. I hope this information has been useful.

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