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House bill supports rights of moms to breastfeed their babies
She said the amended bill, which bars restricting a woman from breastfeeding her child, doesn’t include the original guarantees of paid or unpaid leave to breastfeed during work hours, but said: “The full bill was my wish list.”
She proposed that after her return from maternity leave in August 2013, instead of taking 15-minute breaks, she would take half-hour breaks, and make up the time at the end of the day.
She wouldn’t budge and neither would her employer, so she was terminated and went on unemployment. Frederick filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
HB 1571, as introduced in January, contained extensive protections for breastfeeding women, including the right to be excused from jury duty and the requirement that employers, with certain exceptions, provide space and opportunities for breastfeeding mothers for three years.
The bill information, as presented in the calendar, says the bill, as amended: “seeks to clarify and responsibly expand the right of a woman to breastfeed in any place open to the public.”
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