Shoosmiths has banned female staff from using their loos after skidmarks on the porcelain disgusted clients.
Female staff were repeatedly warned that the loos they shared with clients on the ninth floor of the firm’s Leeds office were being left in an unacceptable state. Problems included "faeces stains being left in the bowl and bits of stray tissue not being picked up".
Last week, all the ninth floor staff were called into a meeting and the women were told they could no longer use their loos. Instead, they now have to check out with their ID, tramp up to the 10th floor and check in again to do their business.
"It's the pooligans from the ninth floor! Urgh! SHAME"
Despite the men’s loos on the ninth floor allegedly suffering similar abuse, men have not been subjected to the humiliation of toilet exile. Instead they were told their situation would be "monitored".
The decision to ban only women has upset some staff. "They feel embarrassed and discriminated against", said a source, given that "men are allowed to carry on using their toilets unchallenged".
Staff at the meeting were told that communications concerning the lavatory situation were being made in person to "avoid anything appearing in RollOnFriday". A poor plan for a couple of reasons, but particularly because the Leeds head of office didn’t stick to it and sent out an email headed "Toilet issues..."
Shoosmiths declined to comment.