Friday, August 28, 2009
A former receptionist in a suburban Washington, D.C., office of a national labor and employment boutique has sued her ex-employer over an alleged lack of bathroom breaks.
Plaintiff Rebecca Landrith contends in the D.C. Superior Court suit that the McLean, Va., office of Littler Mendelson had no formal policy or procedure about her bathroom breaks. It was so difficult to find someone to substitute for her while she took a break there, she alleges, that she twice "wet her pants" at the reception desk, reports the Washington Business Journal.
Two weeks after she complained about the lack of bathroom breaks to the firm's general counsel, she was fired, the suit contends.
Of course, these are only allegations, but all I can say is that I have worked at a number of law firms with labor and employment departments, and some of the crazy stuff that happens is just, well, crazy.
I also wonder what type of person would wet her pants twice rather than leave her work station. If there was no policy of bathroom breaks wouldn't the natural thing to do would be to use the bathroom when you had to? I am all for dedicated employees, but there are limits, you know.
Finally, I wonder who Littler uses for their labor and employment law work? Morgan Lewis?