Labor Department Enforcing Breast-Feeding at Work Act

The government agency has doled out 23 citations to employers so far.

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Yo, mamas! The days of being discriminated against for breast-feeding at work—or being forced to pump in a nasty bathroom stall—are coming to an end.

Actually, giving breast-feeding moms the time and a place to pump has been a federal law since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, but now employers are being held accountable, Today reports.

According to the news show, 23 companies have received citations from the Department of Labor for failing to adhere to the law, which amended the Fair Labor Standards Act.

“The department intends to continue enforcing the law based on the statutory language,” Labor Department spokeswoman Sonia Melendez tells Today. “Until the department issues final guidance, the request for information provides useful information for employers to consider in establishing policies for nursing employees.”

Is this really so hard for employers to understand? Let’s say it all together now: Mama knows breast. Now, just let her pump in peace.

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First Published January 5, 2012

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