Pumping at Work Lawsuit

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Pumping at Work Lawsuit
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 9:35am

A mom has filed a lawsuit over the lack of accomodation provided by the company she worked for: 

But Bockoras says that Saint-Gobain Verallia North America, the company where she has worked for six years, did not follow the law. Supervisors first told her to pump in a bathroom, she says, and after she protested, they suggested alternatives that also failed to meet federal requirements. Bockoras agreed to use a locker room but says it was covered in dirt and dead bugs and lacked air conditioning.

Making matters worse, she says, she was harassed by colleagues who pranked her and banged on the door while she pumped. Bockoras called the treatment “defeating and exhausting.” 

After she complained, Bockoras was temporarily reassigned to alternating day and overnight shifts that interfered with her feeding schedule and impeded her milk production, she claims in a civil suit filed on her behalf last month by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) against Verallia North America. It’s the first lawsuit brought by the ACLU under the ACA’s breastfeeding provision, which is the first federal law to require employers to accommodate nursing mothers on the job. 

Read more: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/10/22257760-pumped-up-breastfeeding-mothers-fight-for-rights-at-work?lite

What have your experiences been with pumping at work?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 01-15-2014 - 12:28pm

Luckily I've had really good experiences with pumping at work both times, not only full support from my bosses and co-workers, but also the agency I work for in general has a good handle on things, we have a lactation room and it was expanded when, during my second go round with pumping, there were quite of few of us all using the room, and there were limited time slots to use the room, they put in a divider wall and station so two women could use the room at once.

I am so surprised (though I probably shoudn't be) about all the negative comments from people on the article.  It just amazes me to see how many people are actually against it or see it as a burden.  How can having the opportunity to continued feeding a child the best possible food source, and be at least semi comfortable doing it, which gives so many long term health benefits, be a burden??