Any time a New York employer doesn't provide appropriate working conditions for breastfeeding employees, this arguably has a detrimental effect on society as a whole. According to a study, mothers who breastfeed are subject to major occupational harm. Over time, cases such as these can create a significant financial drain on society.
When breastfeeding discrimination leads to a lawsuit, victims often wait to sue until they are overwhelmed and out of other options. The study revealed that in over two-thirds of these lawsuits, the plaintiffs lost their jobs because of discrimination. This type of discrimination can clearly jeopardize a mother's economic security. It simply isn't fair for society to allow discriminators to place such a heavy burden on vulnerable mothers. Employment law is supposed to prevent wrongful termination that can essentially derail a woman's life.
Overwhelmingly, public health officials have found that breastfeeding is important for the maintenance of healthy children. To avoid accusations of discrimination, employers should provide breastfeeding workers with plenty of breaks for nursing their infants. Workers are entitled to clean, safe areas to breastfeed. Discriminatory companies do far worse than denying their workers breaks. In some hostile workplaces, nursing mothers can be arbitrarily fired, ridiculed, shamed and sexually harassed. According to the study, breastfeeding discrimination is in the same category as harassment and pay inequity. Like wage and hour discrimination, nursing discrimination is gender-based and highly inappropriate.
Because employment law is deeply complicated, mothers are often overwhelmed by how to respond. Those who are in this type of a situation might want to meet with an attorney to see what redress might be available.