I work for a food microbiology company. Recently they have had some building work done that has reduced the amount of toilets. So, among about twenty members of staff we now have only one toilet downstairs to use. It's a handicapped one and has to be, also, shared with our drivers and any visitors.
Upstairs we do have a guys bathroom, and a gals BUT, that is upstairs.
Going to the bathroom, when you work in a laboratory is a task in itself as it involves the removal of your lab coat and washing your hands before you leave the lab. There's no real, 'popping to the loo'.
My employer knows I have IBS. I have registered my unhappiness with management and with our health and safety representative but, to no avail.
As a sufferer of IBS it is a consent concern whether or not the bathroom will be free for use and now that concern has been increased and it is causing me stress and, guess what? I am off work today because my condition is ruining amok.
I dare say I will be, 'talked to' about my absence when I return to work and I will be on a warning for my sickness rate.
I would laugh but that would only hurt so I'll just curl up, in my bed, hugging my poor tummy as the minutes are count down until it insists that I pay another visit to my bathroom regardless of whether or not I actually, have to go!