Moms Protest Hotel After Breastfeeding Receptionist Fired

Hell hath no fury like a group of lactating ladies locked and loaded to fight for their right to pump their breastmilk on the job. The New Jersey Hampton Inn management just learned that the hard way after a mom was let go from her receptionist job at the hotel because they couldn't accommodate the breaks she needed to pump breast milk for her 3-month old daughter. 

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The guy who came up with the "let's just fire her" plan is probably slouched over the burned pot of coffee at the free breakfast buffet right now wishing he hadn't. Because now instead of a happy employee he's got a group of nearly 20 mad-as-hell mamas on his hands protesting outside the Hampton Inn -- many of them breastfeeding.

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One local lady, Alison Gary, who gets an enthusiastic high-five from this direction, organized the protest after reading about Ariana Gossard's shabby treatment by her employer on Facebook. Gossard is a 21-year-old single mom and needed to pump her breasts to feed the baby. Is that really a huge request? Get it together, Hampton Inn.

"It's really a shame," Alison Gary, the tough-as-nails lady who organized the protest, told NJ.com. "She is entitled by her rights to pump and the Hampton Inn is breaking the law."

Also, if anyone bumps into Alison out someplace, buy that lady a nice glass of Chardonnay.

And she's totally right. Labor laws dictate that employers have to offer a "reasonable break time" to pump milk or feed babies under a year old. Now, some of us might think "reasonable" is a nice cushy recliner in a room with snacks, TV, and a little privacy. But the reality is that most nursing moms at work find themselves huddling in bathrooms, closets, cars -- anywhere they can just get the deed done and get back to business. We could do way better by our working moms pulling the toughest double shift known to mankind.

As for Gossard, she might have lost her job, but she happened to gain a group of pretty powerful cheerleaders in the process. 

"I was a little nervous about coming here," Gossard said. "But the support is great. It's making me feel a little bit better about things."

Good. Not only does Gossard's story serve as a reminder to employers that breastfeeding ladies have rights, it's also nice to remember that when the going gets tough for our fellow moms, sisters, aunties, and homegirls, it is our business. Let's all take a little extra time to look out for each other today. You never know when you'll need your own posse of pissed-off protesters in your corner.

 

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