Restroom Access Under ADA Extends Beyond Mobility Concerns

A recent restroom headline caught my eye. Legislation is being considered in Indiana which would require people who have medical need to be granted access to the employee restroom in facilities which do not have public restrooms. It surprised me that such a law was needed, as it seems like just the normal thing to do. But apparently I’ve been living in states where such laws are already in the books, so of course it seemed to be par for the course to me.

The Restroom Access Act, also known as Ally’s Law, was first signed into law in Illinois in 2005. It is currently also recognized in Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin. The law fall under ADA. The law was championed by Ally Bain after she had a public accident at a store when the employees refused her access to the employee restroom, even though she has Crohn’s disease.

There’s a lot of conversation around restrooms these days dealing with equitable access to facilities. To stay up to date, check out the restrooms topic page at

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