NYCLU Goes Against Anti-Breast Pumping Company
Today the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Yadiris Rivera, who was fired from her job for wanting to pump breast milk during the work day. Rivera, a Newark resident, had been working (for six years) at a mammography center in Manhattan and received positive reviews and performance-based raises during her entire time there. Upon her return from maternity leave last year, her employer was required to accommodate her breast feeding and pumping under state labor law. However, according to the NYCLU, "instead of providing her with an adequate and sanitary place to pump milk, Rivera’s employer ordered her to pump in the office’s restroom, told her she should switch her daughter to formula, and soon told her that she shouldn’t be pumping at work at all."