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CNN’s Campbell Brown Talks About Pumping At Work and the Ohio Pumping Case

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No “bull” from CNN anchor Campbell Brown here! Though maybe a little bit of “bias.” Brown talks about how she takes breaks during the day to pump milk for her baby. And she profiles LaNisa Allen, the mom who sued Totes/Isotoner for firing her for taking pumping breaks. Allen lost her case which went all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court. Here’s the Allen interview:

Thanks to Tanya of the Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog for bringing this to my attention.

Ohio Woman in Court: Says She Was Fired for Pumping At Work

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Here’s a case to watch: The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on whether a company discriminated against a woman by firing her for taking unscheduled breaks to pump breastmilk. From the Dayton Daily News:
LaNisa Allen, a former general laborer at a Totes/Isotoner Corp. warehouse in West Chester, is suing the company, saying it engaged in illegal gender discrimination by denying her extra restroom breaks to relieve pain caused by breast milk engorgement. She said other Totes workers weren’t required to seek permission for extra restroom breaks to relieve discomfort from menstrual symptoms or the need for frequent urination.
Allen’s attorneys say it’s gender discrimination because she was fired to relieve discomfort due to lactation, a condition exclusive to women.
Totes, which prevailed against Allen in a 2008 trial and a subsequent appeal, argues that the company didn’t discriminate because breastfeeding doesn’t legally constitute an illness or medical condition. The company says there is legal precedent showing that employers don’t have to give extra breaks to breastfeeding women.