There has been a lot of talk about gender neutral bathrooms and whether they are necessary or not, or even if they’re legal. Since it is such a hot topic of debate, it is important to understand the laws about them
What is a Bathroom Bill?
A bathroom bill is simply a common name for a statute or legislation which is meant to define how public facilities are meant to be accessed. To be precise, the bill defines how restrooms should be accessed by transgender people.
Basically, bathroom bills often affect access to sex- segregated public facilities for a person based on a determination of his/ her sex as defined in specific ways such as:
– Sex that is corresponding to the individual’s gender identity
– Sex as assigned or given when the person was born
– Sex as listed or indicated on the person’s birth certificate
Starting 1st March this year, ERAA i.e. Equal Restroom Access Act, California will require single occupancy restrooms to possess signs that indicate they are, in fact, a gender neutral bathroom.
Restrooms that are Being Covered by the California’s ERAA
The ERAA cover in the state of California applies to all single- occupancy restrooms in government buildings, businesses as well as in places set aside for public accommodation such as in parks.
What is Single Occupancy?
Single occupancy simply refers to a toilet facility that contains one water closet and no more than a single urinal that comes with a locking mechanism meant to be controlled by the user.
What Does Equal Restroom Access Act Require?
ERAA needs signs to be put in place that will be used to identify single occupancy restrooms as gender neutral. However, the signs recommended must comply with what is stipulated in Title 24 of California’s Code of Regulations.
What Does Title 24 of the California’s Code of Regulations State?
Title 24 of the California’s Code of Regulation states that there are two signs that employers must adhere to when identifying a restroom, i.e:
1. A sign in form of geometric symbol identifying the restroom as unisex, female or male. For instance, the most common geometric symbol can be the use of circles for female restrooms, triangles for male or triangles superimposed on the circles for the unisex.
Be informed that triangle superimposed onto the circle is the specific indicator needed by California Building Code.
2. A wall mounted designation sign which identifies a permanent space or room to be offered for a toilet facility. However, the sign should be tactile i.e. can be read easily even when a person is trying to view it using a touch.
Last, but definitely not least when adhering to gender neutral bathroom laws, ensure that you only purchase signs that you’ re double sure are complying with the law so that you can avoid being misled.