The new $105 million Franklin County Courthouse in Columbus (Ohio) might very well earn the label of not being women-friendly as a Common Pleas Judge Julie Lynch is warning women to avoid using the glass staircase, especially if you are wearing a dress or skirt.

Judge Julie Lynch said that she usually delivers justice in a dress underneath the robe she wears each day to work.

“I wear dresses because that’s my personal choice,” Lynch said.  “When you stand under the stairwell, you can see right up through them.

Lynch said that she initially thought the new courthouse must have been designed by men.

“How can you open a brand new building and not take in consideration half the population?” Lynch said.

The news startled attorney Lori Johnson, who is a regular at the courthouse.

“Women won’t realize that and will just automatically assume that they can take the stairs safely,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that she worries not just about stolen glances, but also the prevalence of camera phones.

“Then, next thing you know, you’re on the Internet,” Johnson said.  (It) sounds like a lawsuit in the making.”Source:

There are reports that there are talks of redesigning the staircase. Though it does make you wonder why would they design a glass staircase in the first place? It is a courthouse not a fancy hotel!



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