Does any modern office building/floor actually have "Unisex" Bathrooms?

Back in the day we would watch Ally McBeal and the lawyers would have gossip sessions in the unisex bathrooms.

Was this 100% a hollywood gimmick, or do any modern workplaces actually have these?

Would they not get sued out of existence by harassment complaints? (My secret guess if I had to)

If not, what would it be like for a girl to walk in and a fat guy is putting on his tupee in front of the mirror?

I’ve seen handicapped restrooms that are unisex.

That’s the worst scenario you can think of? :smiley:

Bathrooms at homes are unisex, why shouldn’t they be in the workplace too? Though I can see why some choose to separate if they wish, I’ve never really understood the absolute need for that rule, and why people would get upset if it wasn’t in place.

Bathrooms at home rarely contain four toilets and a urinal.

Anecdotally, I fear that if women had access to the sounds I’ve heard in men’s rooms, there’d be lines forming at convents.

Most unisex bathrooms I’ve seen are “one-seaters.” You go in, you lock the door, do what you have to do and leave. What’s the big deal?

In this thread, I commented on how much I hate it when a business has a single-toilet bathroom for men and a single-toilet bathroom for women. Then somebody pointed out that there’s actually a law requiring this setup. I can see why you may want multi-toilet bathrooms to be separated by sex, but I can’t think of a stupider law than one requiring single-toilet bathrooms with door locks to be separated.

Unisex toilets don’t include a urinal.

It is state law in New Jersey that businesses have separate lavoratories for men and women. That doesn’t stop me from using the men’s room single stall when the women’s is occupied.

Stupid law

The only unisex bathrooms you see around here are in small stores that only have one toilet. Anything large enough for a real restroom – multiple toilets separated by flimsy half-walls – have seperate men’s and women’s facilities, and occasionally a seperate “family” restroom for parents with opposite-sex children.

Personally, I suspect that women moreso than men feel vulnerable when they go to the bathroom, and prefer to do it when men aren’t around.

When McDonalds first started expanding around Japan almost 25+ years ago, they had unisex bathrooms, but it didn’t last that long.

I was in one at a very nice, high class suppliers office near Milan. There were 8 (large) stalls with doors that all opened up into a common wash area. I bumped into the beautiful Italian woman from the meeting in there and she just said hi, checked her makeup and washed her hands like it was no strange thing at all. Myself, I felt like a voyer and that I had “gotten away” with hanging out in the ladies room.

I am a Plumbing Inspector for a Northern Indiana Municipality, Indiana allows Unisex restrooms in buildings that have fewer then 15 employees. I have never seen a Uni-sex rr that was anything other than single station. As far as I recall Indiana Building is silent about mulit fixtures in a Uni-sex rr, As far as I can tell people choose that option for reasons of cost or space.


Wait, this can’t be in Chicago, can it? Among other places the University of Chicago Hospitals is full of single-unit, unisex bathrooms. They’re simply labelled as “staff bathroom”. Both genders happily use them. It can’t be against the law, can it? Then again isn’t chi-town famous for some laws just being a “suggestion”? :smiley:

I don’t know about offices, but it is pretty standard in college dorms.

Whoa, people, I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding here. A “unisex” bathroom is a broad term; it mere specifies that either sex can use it. What it does not specify, though, is how many people can use it at one time. Many places, including small businesses, UCH buildings, homes, hotels, and bars, have a small room, single toilet & sink bathroom with a locking door, meant for one person at a time. Thus, leaving aside a few special cases, it is only occupied by a single sex at a time (that of the one person in there).

Now, I can’t tell if people aren’t getting the OP, or are just busting on scrambledeggs, but the workplace bathroom in the Single Female Lawyer show was a giant mulistall room (including, I think, urinals), shared concurrently by people of all sexes and genders, and including a row of sinks and mirrors at which characters in various states of conflict (and, shockingly, various sexes) could interact.
Bathrooms I have been in (approximate frequency):**
Men’s with urinals and one stall (very frequently)
Men’s with urinals and stalls (frequently)
Men’s with trough and stalls (at the ballgame)
Men’s with European and Indian stalls (frequently, in India)
Unisex with toilet (frequently)
Men’s with urinal and toilet (frequently)
Unisex with urinal and toilet (not infrequently, sometimes converted from previous ad hoc)
Women’s with antechamber couch (only during plumbing problems in the Men’s)
Men’s with handicap toilet fitted with 6 inch foam seat (at work)
Men’s cinderblock outhouse with urinal and toilet, no door (some Texas bars)
Really a Women’s locker room/bathroom except while we, the visiting team, are playing at this high school (on occasion)
Really a Women’s but girlfriend is guarding the door while I take a shower during a slow time in her dorm (once or twice)
Ally-McBeal-style-fully-unisex-multiunit-men-and-women-dropping-deuces-on-toilets-separated-only-by-a-few-feet-and-thin-floating-dividers-and-an-almost-zen-like-mutual-privacy-awkwardness bathrooms (only on TV)

My university has several unisex bathrooms (in the sense of multistall and urinal bathrooms, as Si Amigo describes). It’s very unusual, and I don’t know what convinced the architects to build the place this way (especially given that the university is relatively recent and probably admitted female students from the beginning).

Like even sven, I’ve also seen something similar in college dorms and hostels.

Way back in 1982, my dorm floor voted to have a unisex bathroom. The floor, which was co-ed, had a huge surplus of women over men, and we thought it would be better to have one women’s and one unisex bathroom, rather than reserve a men’s bathroom for only 3 or 4 men, and make all the women share one bathroom. The bathrooms had individual toilet stalls and no urinals, and they also included the showers.

The situation worked out very well for me, since almost all of the other women on the floor didn’t want to share a bathroom with men. Me and the guys used the unisex bathroom, where there were always free showers and toilet stalls, while the women lined up for hours to use their single-sex bathroom. It didn’t bother me at all that guys might see me stepping out of the shower wrapped in a towel, and I’ve never gotten the hangup some people have about others (male or female) hearing them using the toilet.

That was the last time I used a unisex bathroom (unless you count the numerous times I’ve used a men’s room by mistake), but I’d have no problem working in an office with a unisex bathroom.

Some of the buildings at Boston College have unisex one-seater bathrooms.