If there are approximately 30 employees at the location where I work and I’m forced to use the same bathroom as the men who work at the same location, is this legal?

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If there are approximately 30 employees at the location where I work and I’m forced to use the same bathroom as the men who work at the same location, is this legal?

Asked on October 14, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

There is no law requiring separate bathrooms for the different genders unisex bathrooms are legal. Of course, there could be behavior associated with using the same bathroom that would constitute sexual harassment--e.g. if men are using the facilities at the same time as you and there is no privacy--but that is a function of behavior or actions the mere fact that it is the same bathroom does not, by itself, pose any legal issues.


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