Chicago Workers Say They’re Electronically Monitored So That Bathroom Breaks Don’t Exceed 6 Minutes

Last year it was reported that workers in Chinese sweatshops had their bathroom breaks bathroom breaklimited to two minutes.  Now some Chicago workers are saying that they don’t have it much better, accusing their employer of limiting bathroom breaks to six minutes.

Workers at Chicago’s WaterSaver Faucet factory told the National Labor Relations Board that the company installed an electronic tracker to ensure that employees’ personal bathroom breaks are limited to six minutes.

“This year, they installed a washroom monitoring system that basically keeps track of every minute you’re in the bathroom,” said Teamsters Local 743 agent Nick Kreitman. “Earlier this year, they implemented a disciplinary system with it, where you had a certain amount of time within a two-week period to be in the bathroom. If you exceeded it by one minute, you got written up.”

The company disciplined dozens of employees for “excessive” use of the bathroom, which amounts to over 60 minutes of bathroom use during a 10 day period, reports CNN. The company is even going so far as to offer $20 gift cards to employees who don’t go to the bathroom at all during the workday.

CEO Steve Kersten told CNN that the company has lost 120 hours of work production in May due to employees going to the bathroom during times that were not scheduled breaks or lunch.

“It’s not fair for the people who come and work hard seven-and-a-half hours a day to have the guy next to them screwing off in the bathroom all day long,” Kersten told affiliate WBBM-TV.

It is the company’s belief that people are getting extra breaks by taking bathroom breaks at periods other than their allotted times.




9 Comment

  1. Oh my God! Never heard of such BS! I guess their bodies are timed to only use the bathroom during break and lunch time, What idiot owns this company? I bet the boss goes when he has to go, like most people do!

  2. I have. I used to work for a major bank and blacks were assigned a certain time for bathroom breaks. I was written up for going to the bathroom when I needed or wanted to.

    I sued and management was fired.

  3. The way for the workers to remedy that situation is when the need to use the rest room rather than leaving your work site just do what you must right where you stand. If all the workers would do that the company would change that policy and the carpet.

    • Deborah you is crazy but I think this may work.

  4. You see the President & CEO'S of companies can make up stupid ass rules like these because they have bathrooms in their officies. Nobody get to see them go to the bathroom all damn day long. Who has time to monitor adults bath activity. The labor board should fine them up the ASS!!!!!

  5. Ignorant! Simple just punish those who are not at the desk working when scheduled. Not everyone for lack of coworker. Timing me for actual going to the bathroom. Sometimes takes 2-3 minutes just wait on someone come out then you get wrote up for exceeding additional 3 minutes. So what happens to pregnant woman or person with bladder issues among other health related bathroom issues go over 6 minutes. Company are just opening doors for law suits and pay people for abuse because this is what it is bathroom abuse, neglacet and so on.

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