Workplace Culture

The Ethics of Class-Segregated Bathrooms

By Jon Hyman

Jan. 10, 2014

True story. I just learned of a company (not a client) that maintains two sets of bathrooms — one for its “office” employees and one for its “warehouse” employees — and never the twain shall meet. The company forbids the warehouse workers from using the office restrooms. I’m not sure if the converse is also true, but given the air of snootiness that would lead to such a policy in the first place, I doubt management would grace the warehouse restroom with its presence.

Do I need to tell you that you are sending the wrong message to your workers if you have class-segregated bathroom? Or, am I off-base?

Readers, what do you think?

Jon Hyman is a partner in the Labor & Employment group of Kohrman Jackson & Krantz. Comment below or email  For more information, contact Hyman at (216) 736-7226 or Follow Hyman on Twitter at @jonhyman.

Jon Hyman is a partner in the Employment & Labor practice at Wickens Herzer Panza. Contact Hyman at

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