A Real Boob: New Mom Claims Boss At Hennessey's Tavern Seal Beach Denied Her The Right To Pump Breast Milk

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In order to feed her six-month-old baby, waitress Kristen Joseph must pump breast milk around the clock, even on the job. It's an awkward but common and necessary practice for working moms who can't be physically attached to their hungry child 24 hours a day, and federal law guarantees them the right to "a reasonable break time" to nurse in a place other than a bathroom that is "shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public."   

Tell that to management at Hennessey's Tavern in Seal Beach, where Joseph is a server. The 28-year-old tells KTLA that she had asked the on-duty manager for the keys to the office, her regular nursing spot, but was told no. According to Joseph, he told her that nursing in the restaurant was "disgusting" no matter where she did it--in the bathroom or an office. 

As KTLA describes it, though Joseph was allowed to leave, she had tables to tend to and paperwork to do, and decided to complete her shift with "her breast milk leaking through her shirt." Moms who've experienced this know it's awfully painful to have ticking time bombs for boobs. Joseph said she was "freaking out and crying."  

A manager at Hennessey's Tavern could not be immediately reached, but the restaurant's corporate office is reportedly investigating the incident. 

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11 comments
Michelle Trail
Michelle Trail

Why didn't she leave? She could have taken up her issue at a later time instead of staying to tend to her tables while "freaking out and crying". Like I said, she could have taken up the illegal actions by her employer at a later time instead of subjecting the patrons to her situation.

Mara Felsen
Mara Felsen

Wouldn't the more appropriate questions be "Should employers be allowed to flagrantly disregard the law and discriminate against lactating female employees?"

Mara Felsen
Mara Felsen

Wouldn't the more appropriate questions be "Should employers be allowed to flagrantly disregard the law and discriminate against lactating female employees?"

Anthea Knapper
Anthea Knapper

Mothers being "allowed" to pump breast milk is not in dispute here. We were given that right a long time ago, as well as the right to breastfeed in public.

Anthea Knapper
Anthea Knapper

Mothers being "allowed" to pump breast milk is not in dispute here. We were given that right a long time ago, as well as the right to breastfeed in public.

Andrew Macia
Andrew Macia

why would you take a baby to work in the first place?

Kelly Kemp
Kelly Kemp

Wouldn't customers be more offended by leaky boobs than a woman pumping milk in a back room?

izzyhardigan
izzyhardigan

"Ticking time bombs for boobs?"  Is that a new OC weapons buy back program?

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