Effective March 1, California’s Equal Restroom Access Act (ERAA) will require some single-occupancy restrooms to have signs indicating they are gender-neutral.

Which Restrooms Does the ERAA Cover in California?

The ERAA applies to all single-occupancy restrooms in businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation. “Single-occupancy” is defined as a “toilet facility with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.”

What Does the ERAA Require?

In short, the ERAA requires single-occupancy restrooms to be identified as gender-neutral by signs. The signs must comply with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

Each gender-neutral restroom must have at least a geometric sign and a designation tactile sign (i.e. signs including raised letters, accompanied by duplicative Braille, that identify the restroom). The signage is subject to very specific requirements, under Title 24, and companies should seek counsel regarding these detailed requirements. Employers should keep in mind that the raised letters and Braille must be gender-neutral, even though no specific wording is required. For example, the sign can state “Restroom,” “All-Gender Restroom” or “Unisex Toilets” or “Gender-Neutral Restroom.”

What Should Employers Do?

Inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement will be authorized to inspect for compliance with these provisions. Therefore, affected employers should ensure all single-occupancy restrooms have compliant signs. Because of the detailed requirements, they should contact an attorney at Jackson Lewis for advice if questions arise.