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Hi I am Charlotte . I work in a call centre and I am 4 months pregnant She has a new rule now that no one is allowed to go to the toilet unless it is their break time and and they are locked . Is she allowed to do this 

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Wouldn't have thought so. Hope you get some good advice on here

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The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 is your go-to document.

 

Unless it states in your contract that you're not allowed toilet breaks, your employer has to allow you toilet breaks when you need them - even more so given that you have a medical condition (pregnancy) that necessitates this. 

 

An employer can take steps if an employee is taking 'excessive toilet breaks' but there is no definition of 'excessive' in the Act however.

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3 hours ago, Charlotteburton said:
Hi I am Charlotte . I work in a call centre and I am 4 months pregnant She has a new rule now that no one is allowed to go to the toilet unless it is their break time and and they are locked . Is she allowed to do this 

Not really no. She can't tell you that you can't go to the toilet when you need to go, but she can deduct it from your break time if you go outside of your designated break periods. She's well in her right to force you to ask her to unlock it though.

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No they can’t. As MJ01 already mentioned it is in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and would also be pregnancy discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. 

Edited by Sheffield87

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No.  What is the company size? I.w how many people work there? Is there a HR team and have you had a pregnancy risk assessment (does she know?)

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Dont think she would do this unless some one is taking the mick some one would be  letting her tires down or a lot worse '. This would not happen in a male enviroment i am sure

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On 8 February 2020 at 07:09, Charlotteburton said:
Hi I am Charlotte . I work in a call centre and I am 4 months pregnant She has a new rule now that no one is allowed to go to the toilet unless it is their break time and and they are locked . Is she allowed to do this 

Hi Charlotte:

 

 

IMHO Speaking as an Retired Union Person.

 

The First thing I would question - is it HER Personal Rule or the Call Centres own rule?

 

If it's the Company Rules.....Consult your HR Handbook....?

If it isn't covered There it AINT a Real Rule.

 

In a Call Centre the go to place is - CWU - A Telecommunications Union.

 

Plus you might find out that your Supervisors/Managers/Senior Managers/HR 

have little or No Legal Expertise, or Legal Training.

 

If it sounds unfair it's usually wrong....

 

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Think I would look for another job.

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Keep a diary and note the when and who.

 

a solicitor would find it a goldmine when you make a claim

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