“Restricting individuals to using only restrooms that are not consistent with their gender identity … singles those individulas out and may make them fear for their physical safety.”
--U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
But it’s easy to overlook an everyday point of stress for many transgender folks — which bathroom to use.
Now, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is aiming to fix that. The agency has issued guidelines stating that private businesses should allow employees to use the designated restroom for the gender with which they identify.
“The core belief underlying these policies is that all should be permitted to use the facilities that correspond with their gender identity,” David Michaels, PhD, OSHA’s assistant secretary of labor, said in a statement.
The OSHA guidance reads:
Gender identity is an intrinsic part of each person’s identity and everyday life. Accordingly, authorities on gender issues counsel that it is essential for employees to be able to work in a manner consistent with how they live the rest of their daily lives, based on their gender identity. 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.
Earlier this spring, a Planet Fitness gym found itself embroiled in controversy when a member complained — and then began to harass — a transgender person using the women’s locker room.
ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS THIS: AINT NO TITTY-IMPLANT, BOTOX-INJECTED, CASTRATED, HORMONE-INJECTED, LIPSTICK-SMEARED, MINI-SKIRT-WEARING TRANSGENDER FREAK GONNA STAND UP CLOSE BESIDE ME IN A MEN'S ROOM WHILE "BIG STEVE" IS URINATING INTO A URINAL