A Manhattan mom is suing a New York restaurant, saying she was kicked out for breastfeeding her five month old baby.
According to the New York Post, Julia Acevedo-Taylor is suing Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Cafe, saying the manager asked her to stop nursing. And when she wouldn’t stop, the manager allegedly asked her to leave. The Post writes:
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Taylor says she and pal Latasha Augustoplos had stopped off at the Bryant Park cafe for a bite to eat last August when their kids started demanding food as well.
“Taylor and Augustoplos began nursing their hungry and tired toddlers,” the suit says, and “positioned [them] with their heads toward their respective bodies.”
“[N]o part of either the plaintiff’s nor Augustoplos’s nipples were exposed” – and there would have been nothing legally wrong with that had they been while feeding their kids – but that didn’t stop the chiding chocolate shop manager from coming over and telling the women to “stop doing that,” the suit says…
Manager Cathal Queally denied it happened the first time – he said the “since removed” female general manager had simply asked Taylor to cover-up some.
“Certainly no one was ever thrown out of our cafe for breastfeeding,” he said, noting the shop is “a mother-daughter business.”
And here’s some further perspective from the The Wall Street Journal:
…(O)ne thing is clear: public breastfeeding is a mother’s legal right in New York.The relevant statute in the state’s civil rights law, passed in 1994, states that “a mother may breast feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be.”…
Hospitals in New York are legally required to post and distribute the state’s “Breastfeeding Mothers Bill of Rights” in maternity facilities, which also include protections for those who need to pump breast milk while at work.