The law is currently unclear on this, but you do have a right to take a break for 20 minutes if you work more than six hours a day, and therefore do have a clear right to use the toilet during this time, or during a lunch break.
If you have a medical condition which means you have to take a toilet break at other times your employer would not be able to deny you a break.
The TUC is pressing for legal change to give people the right to use the toilet at other times. Find out more in the TUC's Give us a (Loo!) break guide.
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.
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