Can you imagine not being able to feed you child because of your employers' negligence? Lawsuits related to breastfeeding discrimination are not uncommon. In fact, Time Magazine reported in 2016 that the frequency of these lawsuits have skyrocketed 800% in the past decade. However, it seems that with the rise in breastfeeding discrimination, people are becoming more conscious about the needs of working mothers.
Recently, a Delaware woman named Autumn Lampkins won a lawsuit against KFC, her former employer. According to Delaware Online, Lampkins was promised that she would be allowed breaks to breast pump every two hours upon her employment as an Assistant Manager. In reality, however, her working conditions were so harsh that she was only allowed to one break per shift, which could sometimes last up to 10 hours, despite the fact that Lampkins' doctor recommended she pump every two hours. This caused Lampkins severe pain as well as for her milk supply to dry up.
KFC's working conditions made it near impossible for Lampkins to pump, and when she did get the chance, she was never able to do it in privacy because of windows and security cameras. As if this wasn't bad enough, Lampkins was demoted to Shift Supervisor and moved to a different location after her training for Assistant Manager and was explicitly told it was because she was pumping her breast milk while at work.
Lampkins eventually had quit her job altogether because she learned she would be getting fired because she had "inadvertently [took a customer’s] jacket home."
According to the lawsuit, "this willful, intentional and unlawful gender-based harassment and discrimination violates the laws and regulations of both the United States and the State of Delaware."
Luckily for Lampkins, the jury agreed. Now, KFC must pay up over $1.5 million in damages.
Justice has been rightfully served and it's finger-licking good.
What would you do if your employer put you in this kind of situation? Let us know in the comments!