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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

5th Circuit on Breastfeeding


While several new health studies health studies concerning breastfeeding are making the rounds, the topic has also been generating headlines in the employment law context, thanks to a recent Fifth Circuit ruling (as reported in Texas Lawyer's Tex Parte Blog) involving the firing of a woman because she wanted to use a breast pump at work.

According to the opinion, when Donnicia Venters spoke to her boss at Houston Funding about using a breast pump at work upon her return from maternity leave, her request was met with a long pause, then the news that her position had been filled. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought a Title VII action against Houston Funding, alleging the company had discriminated against Venters based upon her sex.

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For obvious reasons, the firing of a woman because she uses a breast pump at work is going to garner a lot of attention from scholars.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyer | Jul 21, 2013 2:29:40 PM

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