As a general rule, the minimum requirement for restroom facilities is one toilet or water closet for every 30 women and every 60 men.
Employers are required by federal law to provide restrooms for their workers, but not for anyone else. Business owners also can ‘t violate civil rights laws when they say “no” to someone. If they open up the restrooms to customers, it needs to be for people without regard to races, religion or sex.
On September 29, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (Assembly Bill 1732) after being approved by the Assembly and Senate which made California the first state in the US to require all single-occupancy public toilets to be unisex beginning March 1, 2017.
In California 99% of public restrooms have toilet seat cover available to users with a majority of them consistently stocked. I went to Boston and I found zero public restrooms that had toilet seat covers . Neither places have a law requiring public restrooms be stocked with toilet seat covers .
If you don’t have a pot to pee in, your employer is in violation of federal and/or state rules and can face inspections and fines. The company must have an adequate number of bathrooms , separate facilities for men and women (if there are over 15 employees), hot and cold running water, and soap.
The rules do vary from one state to the next, but generally speaking, the surface areas, utensils, floors, cooking appliances, and walls should be cleaned after every food service. They should also be gone over briefly between shifts.
To prevent what happened in Clerks. That’s more a lesson in not letting people use your employee-only bathroom and then forgetting about them.
Someone looking in over the top or sides, or intentionally peeking through cracks, is invading privacy where there is an expectation of privacy. Standing up at full height and looking towards stalls to look for feet is 100% legal.
Locking the bathrooms is legal . However making you take your bathroom time as break time is not legal in some states. You may want to contact a local employment attorney in your area to find out whether this practice is legal .
You asked if any state requires gas stations to have public restrooms . California requires service stations that started operating on or after January 1, 1990 and are located within 660 feet of major highways to have clean and sanitary public restrooms .
A trip to the bathroom will not count against the employee’s paid rest break time. For example, if an employee uses 4 minutes to use the restroom , an employee will still be entitled to 2 full 10 minute rest breaks . But even though the law doesn’t regulate bathroom time, that doesn’t mean the employer can’t.
Yes, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state under Regulation 20 that employers need to provide separate rooms containing toilets for men and women . Toilets used by women must also be provided with facilities for disposing of sanitary towels.
§ 8397.4. Health and Sanitation.
|Number of employees of each sex||Minimum number of toilets per sex|
|1 to 15||1|
|16 to 35||2|
|36 to 55||3|
|56 to 80||4|
Restaurants, coffee shops and other eat-in food facilities must provide clean restrooms for customers and guests. For larger buildings of more than 20,000 square feet, there should be at least one separate restroom for men and one for women; smaller buildings meet code if they provide one single-occupancy restroom .
Companies with 15 or fewer employees are required to offer only one unisex bathroom and toilet with a locking door. From there OSHA requires as a minimum: Two toilets for 16 to 35 employees. Three toilets for 36 to 55 employees.