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OSHA announces new guidelines for transgender restrooms

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The National Center for Transgender Equality requested OSHA to develop a guide to protect restroom access for transgender employees.

In response, OSHA now requires all employers under its jurisdiction provide employees with restroom facilities. An estimated 700,000 American adults identify as transgender.

The new guidelines aim to protect the individual safety of transgender employees.

According to the new guidelines, “Restricting employees to using only restrooms that are not consistent with their gender identity, or segregating them from other workers by requiring them to use gender-neutral or other specific restrooms, singles those employees out and may make them fear for their physical safety. Bathroom restrictions can result in employees avoiding using restrooms entirely while at work, which can lead to potentially serious physical injury or illness.”

The new memo states employers must accommodate their employees based on which gender that employee identifies with.

A few months back Planet Fitness made international headlines when it allowed a trans-woman to use the women's locker room. At the time, the woman who complained to management said there was no way for her to know if that person inside the locker room was in fact a transgender woman until she was told.

Providing separate facilities, like a gender neutral facility is one of the options OSHA laid out to employers, or having single occupant private stalls that lock.

For those who object, a solution must be found. It's likely these rules will also apply to accommodating patrons of that business.

OSHA is warning businesses may be subject to lawsuits if they don't comply.

>>Read the full 4 page guidelines<<

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