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Exposed: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers
Center for WorkLife Law
January 7. 2019

Center for WorkLife Law report shows widespread breastfeeding discrimination and offers policy solutions:

Exposed: Discrimination Against Breastfeeding Workers, released today by the the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, exposes the devastating consequences of breastfeeding discrimination, including job loss, negative health outcomes, sexual harassment, and weaning earlier than doctors recommend. According to the study, 27.6 million women of childbearing age don’t have the basic protections needed by all breastfeeding workers. The report features the stories of breastfeeding women who struggled with a lack of accommodations, hostility, and retaliation, including an NYPD police officer, an emergency room nurse, a kindergarten teacher, and a U.S. Air Force Airman. It also offers the seven components of a model policy states can enact to ensure breastfeeding workers are able to earn a living for their families without jeopardizing their health.

 

The report is released alongside an interactive map of state laws that impact breastfeeding workers, available here. Breastfeeding workers, health care providers, and employers seeking information about breastfeeding accommodations, laws, and policies can visit the Center for WorkLife Law’s online resource center PregnantAtWork.org. To share the report with your networks, check out this social media toolkit.