May 23rd, 2012 12:20 EST
Aviation Company Fires Employees Who Complained About Lack Of Toilet
"An aviation company was ordered to pay $332,000 to two Oregon men who were fired for complaining about their lack of access to a toilet.
A Multnomah County Circuit Court jury in Portland awarded the payout Friday to Douglas Eki and Xerxes `Jason` Doctolero, who were fired by Menzies Aviation in 2010 after they complained to the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division about the company failing to provide them with a toilet at Portland International Airport, resulting in the firm being cited."
Having access to a restroom isn`t a fringe benefit, it`s a basic necessity that an employer is legally required to provide for employees.
Did the owners of Menzies Aviation expect their employees to wear adult diapers, or to do their business behind a bush?
It`s not like the employees were complaining that the vending machines weren`t stocked with Perrier mineral water. They were asking to be treated with dignity and respect -- shame on Menzies Aviation.
I hope that the hefty payout will prompt Menzies Aviation to develop a conscience and treat their employees like human beings.
Kudos to Eki and Doctolero for fighting for their rights; I hope they enjoy their good fortune.
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