getting harrassed at work for pumping!!!!

Diana - posted on 04/23/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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.My manager is up my a$$ for EVERYTHING!! She'll follow me to the bathroom,she'll snoop around the room where i pump. I am getting called into the office and being "attacked" by her,the hr lady and the director of our dept because i request days off for medical appts. They say it's too much and if it continues they are going to have to force me to take fmla unpaid.

I worked a 4.5 hour shift yesterday(had to leave early which i requested and was approved) and from what knew i was entiltled to a 15 min paid break. They actually deducted that time from my personal time because i used it to pump!! They stated that by law they didn't have to pay me for pumping. Understandable and all but if i'm entitled to the break shouldn't I be the one who decides what i should use it for???? Before I went on maternity leave(before pumping),my manager told me that BY LAW i had to take a 15min break when working 4.5hrs and today the hr lady sent me an email stating that they are not required by law to provide the break and if i was told that,i was misinformed. well duh!! My MANAGER told me that,maybe they need to train her and edcate her on what's allowed and not so she doesn't keep making your company look stupid. How she became a manager to begin with,i will never understand..i swear,she's an idiot.

They are making my life a living hell,I will NOT quit(i know they are dying for me to). I won't let them have that satisfaction.

I went to talk to a lawyer yesterday for some help and he said that i couldn't do much because they are still giving me a place and time to pump.

On top of all this,today my manager comes up to me to let me know that they are moving me from the room i now use to pump to what used to be a storage room ALL the way on the other end of the building. It's going to take me at least 10 mins there and back. It is surrounded by people and to be honest,when she told them(people in that area)what the room would be used for, they cringed..which of course made me uncomfortable. i don't know what to do. I am in tears everyday and get butterflies in the morning just wondering what i'm gonna get pulled into the office for next.

Any suggestions???????

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Leigh - posted on 04/24/2010

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If you are in the US, the Le Leche League's website breaks by state what laws are on the books to cover you at work. I see Ashley gave you the website. In some states it is considered sexual harassment. Try to do some research on where you live.

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Diana - posted on 05/09/2010

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I have tried everything. Thank you all for your input. even now that my son just turned 6 months on May 8th they are still bothering me. The HR lady practically stalked me the other day and was asking me questions about how long I pump and why it takes so long. I told her it really wasn't her business and she left with an attitude. I am hoping I find a job so i can work from home and be with my kids. My job is making it too hard. I can't do anything about it and it irritates me soooo much.

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2010

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im so sorry to hear that. i guess i got lucky. My supervisor offered me her office to use (i worked evenings) They were great about it. i did that every day for 9 months. when i first started looking into it though when i was on maternity leave i talked to the daycare manager who kindly offered me her storage closet and said' so youre only gonna need ot for maybe 6 months right?' try publicizing what they are doing to you. threaten to go to the paper or the local news. companies dont like to be known for that

Alisa - posted on 04/23/2010

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President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, H.R. 3590, on March 23rd and the Reconciliation Act of 2010, H.R. 4872, on March 30, 2010. Among many provisions, the law amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.Code 207) to require an employer to provide reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for one year after the child's birth each time such employee has need to express milk. The employer is not required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time for any work time spent for such purpose. The employer must also provide a place, other than a bathroom, for the employee to express breast milk. If these requirements impose undue hardship, an employer that employs less than 50 employees is not subject to these requirements. Furthermore, these requirements shall not preempt a state law that provides greater protections to employees.

Ashley - posted on 04/23/2010

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There actions are unacceptable and against the law!! I dont know where u live but there is help out there.http://www.llli.org/ this is the la leche org they provide many resources, also u could sue them for discrimination. I was treated the samwe way by my employer, allstate, and lets just say im sitting pretty now. i brought a voice activated tape recorder on me and recorded them saying the nasty things to me. Do u have a local wic office? they will give you info as well that u are authorized to pump at any time and it is against the law for them to discriminate!

Erin - posted on 04/23/2010

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That is awful! Pumping is hard enough even in the best of circumstances. I'm so sorry that you are getting static about it from your boss. The worst part is that she is a woman! I could almost understand if it was a man..but a woman? She obviously doesn't have kids. Stand your ground and don't let them win!

Kristin - posted on 04/23/2010

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Get a copy of the companies employee handbook and take that to your attorney. Do you know of other moms at this company that are currently or have gone through this? There is power in numbers, especially when you could be going to someone higher up the business/company chain about what's going on.

I would also start looking for a different job. Not because they are going to let you go, but because this is a terribly hostile to family workplace. You do not need this stress. Your family does not need this stress. While you do not have to quit, there is so much more to life than sticking it to morons.

Sophie - posted on 04/23/2010

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Sounds like you are living with a very difficult situation right now. I feel for you.

Sophie - posted on 04/23/2010

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Sounds like you are living with a very difficult situation right now. I feel for you.

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