A manufacturing firm's new plant had only one restroom, which was designed for men. Female workers were told they had to use that restroom during work hours, or they could use a designated women's restroom in a nearby building during their breaks. When a female worker used the women's restroom during working hours (not during a break), she was disciplined and fired. She sued, claiming sex discrimination, and a district court let her case go to trial. (Martinez v. Universal Laminating Ltd., N.D. Ill., No. 02-CV-4410)
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