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She Was Fired After Boss Said Pumping Breast Milk Was 'Gross'??

Posted by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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Breastfeeding Mom Claims She Was Fired After Boss Said Pumping Was 'Gross'

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It hardly seem possible these days that employers wouldn't be as accommodating as possible to breastfeeding moms, but it does happen. One woman in Colorado even claims that she was fired from her job as a hair stylist after her boss called pumping "gross." Ashley Provino has filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, stating that she was discriminated against for choosing to nurse her child.

Provino, of Grand Junction, CO, claimed in court documents Tuesday, December 2, that she "sought to take periodic work breaks to pump breast milk" for her infant son. All she wanted was to take a break every four hours to pump in the backroom of Big League Haircuts, but she said that owner Kyle Reed "adamantly refused" to let her, and even called it "gross."

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According to the documents filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver by lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, Provino claims that Reed responded by cutting her hours so that she never worked more than four hour shifts, and that he ultimately fired her over it.

The complaint also alleges that Reed fired a second worker who requested time to pump when she returned from maternity leave.

ACLU cooperating attorney Paula Greisen said, "Discrimination against breastfeeding mothers in the workplace is not only illegal, it is also bad for Colorado families and businesses, because it forces women out of the workplace."

That's true, if that's what actually happened here. Reed was able to be reached over the phone, and called the claims "total fiction." He said he would fight the charges, and, "She has dollar signs in her eyes and thinks she’s going to win a million dollars."

Like I said, it's hard to imagine that this sort of thing still happens these days. Even if he did think it was gross, or was even just embarrassed to talk about it, I'd like to think most men would have the decorum to at least turn red and mumble something about that being all right, and leave it at that.

Breastfeeding offers the best nutrition to babies, and not all moms have the option or the desire to stay home with their babies full time. For moms who want to nurse, pumping is a reality. It doesn't have to be a big deal, it can be done discreetly, and it isn't "gross."

Do you think asking for breaks to pump breast milk is an unreasonable request?

 

Image via Frédérique Voisin-Demery/Flickr

by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM
I think asking for extra breaks to pump is unreasonable and ridiculous. Do what you want on your scheduled breaks but why in the hell shld anyone get "extra"
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 4, 2014 at 11:55 AM
You cannot ask for extra breaks. You wanna pump all day be a stay at home mom. I am sick of women think they can have it all and then some. Feed the kid formula.

Quoting Anonymous 1: I think asking for extra breaks to pump is unreasonable and ridiculous. Do what you want on your scheduled breaks but why in the hell shld anyone get "extra"
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 4, 2014 at 1:28 PM
my thoughts exactly!!!

Quoting Anonymous 2: You cannot ask for extra breaks. You wanna pump all day be a stay at home mom. I am sick of women think they can have it all and then some. Feed the kid formula.

Quoting Anonymous 1: I think asking for extra breaks to pump is unreasonable and ridiculous. Do what you want on your scheduled breaks but why in the hell shld anyone get "extra"
sabrtooth1
by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Once again, you sensationalize a situation without knowing all the facts, or even using common sense.  I hope you have been in a salon in your lifetime.  In every salon I been in, as well as every single owner doctor office, dentist office, podiatrist, chiropractor, even many "mom & pop" diners, there is ONE toilet.  Not one bathroom with multiple toilets, not one men's and one women's, but ONE UNISEX, handicapped accessible TOILET.

To expect the owner of such an establishment to allow an employee to monopolize the ONLY bathroom for 30-45 minutes, while customers and other employees line up outside the door, or are forced to go to a neighboring establishment, and BEG to use their toilet, is beyond ridiculous, and the denial of such is not in the least discriminatory.  I worked in a dental office where this occured--for a short time, before enough of the customers and employees complained.  And to quite frank, the sight of this young woman exiting our single bathroom with her pump and hoses hung about her neck, and her milk bottles clutched in hand, was INDEED GROSS.  Especially to the gentlemen who had endured the wait, legs crossed, outside the door.

And let me add that I breast fed 2 children while I worked, and both my children breast fed their children while they worked.  We pumped before we left home, DURING LUNCH, and after we got home.  We did not ask for, nor need extra break time, and we did not monopolize the rest room, nor inconvenience other people. 

nickelzander
by on Dec. 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM


Quoting Anonymous 2: You cannot ask for extra breaks. You wanna pump all day be a stay at home mom. I am sick of women think they can have it all and then some. Feed the kid formula.
Quoting Anonymous 1: I think asking for extra breaks to pump is unreasonable and ridiculous. Do what you want on your scheduled breaks but why in the hell shld anyone get "extra"

Not everyone has that option to be a stay at home mom and it's a great thing to pump for your infant. I applaud mom's who do it. Also, not every baby can "just have formula." If someone is willing to pump at work and still does a great job, why would anyone not support that?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM
It is fine but don't abuse it. Use your breaks and lunch and don't complain. Yes every baby can have formula.

Quoting nickelzander:

Quoting Anonymous 2: You cannot ask for extra breaks. You wanna pump all day be a stay at home mom. I am sick of women think they can have it all and then some. Feed the kid formula.

Quoting Anonymous 1: I think asking for extra breaks to pump is unreasonable and ridiculous. Do what you want on your scheduled breaks but why in the hell shld anyone get "extra"

Not everyone has that option to be a stay at home mom and it's a great thing to pump for your infant. I applaud mom's who do it. Also, not every baby can "just have formula." If someone is willing to pump at work and still does a great job, why would anyone not support that?

nickelzander
by on Dec. 5, 2014 at 9:21 PM


Quoting Anonymous 2: It is fine but don't abuse it. Use your breaks and lunch and don't complain. Yes every baby can have formula.
Quoting nickelzander:


Quoting Anonymous 2: You cannot ask for extra breaks. You wanna pump all day be a stay at home mom. I am sick of women think they can have it all and then some. Feed the kid formula.
Quoting Anonymous 1: I think asking for extra breaks to pump is unreasonable and ridiculous. Do what you want on your scheduled breaks but why in the hell shld anyone get "extra"

Not everyone has that option to be a stay at home mom and it's a great thing to pump for your infant. I applaud mom's who do it. Also, not every baby can "just have formula." If someone is willing to pump at work and still does a great job, why would anyone not support that?

I'd agree with using your breaks and not abusing.

My daughter is allergic to milk, soy, wheat, and various other things. Thankfully, I was able to nurse because she would not have thrived otherwise. (there are elemental formulas, but they are super expensive). Both her and my son were diagnosed with FPIES...I realize this is rare, but it does happen.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 5, 2014 at 9:46 PM


Quoting nickelzander:


Quoting Anonymous 2: It is fine but don't abuse it. Use your breaks and lunch and don't complain. Yes every baby can have formula.
Quoting nickelzander:


Quoting Anonymous 2: You cannot ask for extra breaks. You wanna pump all day be a stay at home mom. I am sick of women think they can have it all and then some. Feed the kid formula.
Quoting Anonymous 1: I think asking for extra breaks to pump is unreasonable and ridiculous. Do what you want on your scheduled breaks but why in the hell shld anyone get "extra"

Not everyone has that option to be a stay at home mom and it's a great thing to pump for your infant. I applaud mom's who do it. Also, not every baby can "just have formula." If someone is willing to pump at work and still does a great job, why would anyone not support that?

I'd agree with using your breaks and not abusing.

My daughter is allergic to milk, soy, wheat, and various other things. Thankfully, I was able to nurse because she would not have thrived otherwise. (there are elemental formulas, but they are super expensive). Both her and my son were diagnosed with FPIES...I realize this is rare, but it does happen.

My Mom had no milk for me.  I was allergic to most formula and even 50 years ago there was a formula I could take. 

AuntieM
by Member on Dec. 6, 2014 at 12:03 AM
Can't breastplate be frozen? Why can't she pump at home and freeze it?
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