Ever wonder how the people who operate those giant construction cranes at a high-rise construction site take bathroom breaks? Thanks to a new case, we now know. In Johnson v. AK Steel Corp., the Southern District of Ohio ruled last month that a female crane operator may proceed with state and federal gender discrimination claims because her employer’s policy requiring crane operators to urinate over the sides of their cranes (instead of climbing down to take bathroom breaks) discriminated against women. The court said that an employment practice may have a "significantly discriminatory impact" when it "adversely affects the health of female employees while leaving male employees unaffected." Well duh.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll think twice the next time I walk past a construction site.