Mom Gets Fired for Asking to Pump at Work! Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
Wow! We were shocked to read that Texas moms Donnica Venters allegedly got fired from her job at Houston Funding, a debt collection company, after asking if she could pump breast milk at work -- but even more shocked that the judge who presided over her suit said “firing someone because of lactation or breast-pumping is not sexual discrimination,” according to KENS5 San Antonio.
We’re always talking about laws in place that prevent women from losing their jobs because of pregnancy, but it never occurred to us that it could happen because of breastfeeding! We know plenty of pumping mamas who excel at their jobs. Larger companies are required to provide a place for working moms to pump. But Venters’ case suggests their jobs may not be completely protected. Of course, it should be noted that Houston Funding says Venters wasn’t fired because of her request to pump.
Do you think getting fired for pumping at work should or shouldn’t be considered sexual discrimination?
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