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Breastfeeding mom expresses milk at work and gets fired! Ohio Supreme Court ruling.

A woman in Ohio lost her job because she expressed milk for her 5 month old baby on her bathroom breaks. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled against her saying she was fired for unauthorized breaks and not for pregnancy related discrimination. There is no law about breastfeeding discrimination.

The one justice that disagreed with the ruling made a statement saying that if employees can take unauthorized bathroom breaks, why can't a woman take a break to relieve her breasts?

Is relieving your breasts as legit a reason to take an unauthorized bathroom break as having to go to the bathroom?

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GailllAZ

Asked by GailllAZ at 3:53 PM on Sep. 6, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • An emergency bathroom break isn't something you can schedule. But pump breaks SHOULD be scheduled.

    While I don't think the employer was right, the woman should have crossed her t's and dotted her i's as well and did not do so.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:07 PM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • i was a nursing mom & i fully understand the PAIN that comes from being engorged... BUT pumping times is surely something you can schedule or get the proper OK from work.. Maybe the woman was abusing the "i need to pump" because i cant see someone getting fired over 1 incident.... shame on her!
    MommaTasha1003

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 4:52 PM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • I have to agree that she wouldn't have been fired for ONE incident. There is more to the story than just what was posted.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:30 PM on Sep. 6, 2009

  • i am and was a breastfeeding mom who worked,i understand them firing her for taking breaks when she already had her breaks.they are paying her just like every one else.i dont think it had anything to do with breasfeeding and pumping,if she pumped on her prev break she wouldnt have been that engorged.it would have been different if she realy had to go to the bathroom.it isnt fair to other employess as well.
    angelairelan

    Answer by angelairelan at 6:57 PM on Sep. 6, 2009

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