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Dec 22, 2016

New California law mandates gender-neutral single-user bathrooms

Harassment & Discrimination 

Starting March 1, 2017, new legislation approved by California Governor Jerry Brown will require public single-user bathrooms to be designated as “all-gender.”

These bathrooms will need to display the proper signage. This law applies to all businesses and places of public accommodation. Inspectors, building officials, and other local officials with code enforcement responsibilities will have the authority to inspect for compliance. Vigilant members in California who provide single-user bathrooms to employees or the public should review the details of Assembly Bill 1732.

Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is a developing area of employment law, and transgender issues related to bathroom use have received a lot of attention in recent years. As new laws related to gender identity emerge, it’s vital for employers to ensure compliance. If you have questions or concerns about issues or laws that may be relevant for your workplace, contact your Vigilant employment attorney for counsel.  

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