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Lactate on your own time, lady

On Thursday, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed that Totes/Isotoner had the right to fire breastfeeding mother LaNisa Allen for taking breaks to pump milk. Yeah, you read that right. Timothy P. Reilly, attorney for Totes/Isotoner, told the Columbus Dispatch, "Totes has taken the position since the beginning of this case that it terminated the plaintiff (Allen) for a proper reason, and that's that she took unauthorized work breaks, regardless of her sex or condition." Because unauthorized pumping, clearly, can be divorced from one's "sex or condition."

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Because yeah - apparently breast feeding has nothing to do with being female, so it's not discrimination since all the breast feeding men at the company got fired, too!


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Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
It's Ohio. What did you expect?
Sep. 2nd, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Unauthorized work breaks. Um, yeah. You are allowed to go pee or poop anytime you need to, or tend to menstruation issues, but not leaking tits? Hello?

Totes/Isotoner just lost me as a customer. I'll be mailing them a written letter informing them of WHY I will no longer be buying half my gift list a pair of their gloves or one of their umbrellas every year. Breastfeeding is well known to be the healthiest way to feed a human infant (or any other mammalian infant, for that matter, proper parent/infant pairs, thanks), and a company that fires a woman for pumping on the job isn't a company I will support with my hard earned spending money.

I am a militant breastfeeding advocate. I did 56 months of breastfeeding myself. I have helped friends learn how to do it without too much discomfort. I encourage every new mother I meet to at least do the first weeks, and better the first year. We're trying to get mothers back to breastfeeding and away from artificial feeding formulas, because too many kids end up with health issues because of the artificial feeding.

Ohio just set us back 20 years or more.
Sep. 2nd, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)
I don't buy from them, but if I did I'd be boycotting, too! Assholes.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Really??!! They really argued that? And won?!?!?! >:(
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