Don’t Be Denied a Restroom When You Need It Most

When a 14-year-old Crohn’s disease sufferer named Ally was denied restroom access at a popular Chicago mall, she decided to act.

In 2005, the Restroom Access Act—also known as Ally’s Law—was passed. It states that retail stores that do not have a public restroom must provide access to their employee restroom to any person with a medical condition, including Crohn’s disease. It has been passed into law in the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

The fines vary in different states and noncompliance can cost the store owners up to $200.

 

Download and print the PDF, cut out the Restroom Access Card and carry it with you, or just save the JPG to your phone’s photo library.

 

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