Opening up a new frontier in worker’s rights, a former timekeeper on a Brooklyn dock is suing for the right to urinate outdoors, if the need arises.
The employee, whose name has not been publicly released, has now filed a lawsuit claiming that Ceres Atlantic Terminals discriminated against him when he was fired for relieving himself outdoors on the dock in Brooklyn’s Red Hook district, due to his urinary emergencies.
As reported in the New York Post, the lawsuit says that the man often felt the uncontrollable urge to urinate due to his chronic diabetes. Frequent urination is a common symptom of the disease.
When the office restrooms were closed, he needed to find somewhere to urinate or else an embarrassing and inconvenient mishap would result.
“On several occasions…he was required to urinate outdoors, because he could not reach the bathroom in time to avoid having an accident,” the legal filings state.
The company did not comment on the lawsuit, according to the Post. But the lawsuit says the man lost his job “because he admitted to urinating outdoors in the area of the Brooklyn pier.”
It also says the man’s co-workers ridiculed him for his outdoor urinary practices.
“They’re longshoremen. What do you think, they quoted Shakespeare?” said Michael O’Neill, attorney for the man. “He was humiliated.”
The lawsuit does not specify an amount of damages the man would seek.
SOURCES: New York Post, CBS News