Imagine you're a new mother who has just gone back to work but are still breastfeeding. So you have to lug your breast pump around. You have to take frequent breaks in order to pump, and you schedule your calls and meetings around your breaks. You have to find a private place to do it where your co-workers won't gripe -- the bathroom, maybe, or even a closet. If you're lucky, very lucky, you have a private office where you can retreat to pump in peace. One Pennsylvania woman who worked at DeSales University was lucky enough to have that. But she was unlucky enough to have John Bednarik as a co-worker. Because Bednarik apparently liked to videotape the new mom as she breast pumped.
Police arrested Bednarik, who worked as a facilities director at the college, after the 32-year-old woman, identified only as "C.S.," entered her office in order to breast pump. Sitting at her desk with her shirt up and her breasts exposed, the woman noticed a small hole in the ceiling above her desk. When she examined the hole, she saw every woman's worst nightmare staring back at her -- a camera lens. She apparently quickly dressed and ran out of the office, only to see Bednarik exiting the office right next to her. She called the cops.
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Reports say that Bednarik admitted to setting up the camera so he could watch his co-worker breast pump "for the purpose of sexual arousal and gratification." Breast pumping? Sexual arousal? This guy has major ISSUES.
And this poor woman. As if she doesn't have enough to worry about, being a new mom, being back at work and away from her baby. Then she's back into the groove with coworkers, and trying to make sure that she's still being taken seriously as a employee while breast pumping. Now she has to not only worry about a creepy coworker, but for how long he'd been videotaping her, and what he might have done with whatever film he's got. Was he putting it online? Since he's out on bail, will he be back at work with her? And, worst of all, might some coworkers look at HER as the one who instigated things since she was pumping at work? Who knows. There are some crazy people out there. Hopefully she has supportive employers and coworkers.
Do you breast pump at work? Any misgivings?
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