Would you fire a new mom for pumping breast milk?
From our file marked "Anatomy 101" comes this story from Houston, Texas. On Wednesday, the EEOC discusses lactating women and their rights to return to work.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hosts a hearing about pregnancy discrimination on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
A hot topic will be if women returning to work from maternity leave can pump breast milk while in the office. The EEOC received a complaint from Donnica Venters, who contends her employer in Houston, Texas has discriminated against her.
An article on Open Forum
states: “According to the suit, her manager told the president of the company that Venters was thinking of bringing a breast pump to the office. The president's response: ‘No. Maybe she needs to stay home longer.’"
Venters says her job was filled when she tried to return to work after giving birth.
When a judge in the case said "lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition", Venters filed a complaint with the EEOC.
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