This is out of the Ohio Supreme Court, which ruled that a company can fire a lactating mother for taking unauthorized breaks to pump her milk. Apparently Ohio's anti-discrimination policy covers pregnant women, but not lactating women.
http://www.wlwt.com/health/20598118/detail.html <-- local story
http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/08/28/fired_for_pumping/index.html <-- blog about case
Sounds like the court did rule correctly, based on the controlling statute, disappointing as that is. Being the free-market type of person that I am, I find it difficult to demand that a more appropriate law be put in place to protect working, breastfeeding mothers. But, being a breastfeeding mother, it seems unfair that breastfeeding moms might have to bounce from job to job, looking for someplace that won't fire them for taking breaks to pump. I can't imagine that it's very easy to find a job when you have a small baby, so there's two strikes against new mothers who wish to breastfeed but need to work. It seems logical to me that if there are laws protecting pregnant women from being fired, then similar legislation should exist to protect women who wish to pump at work for their baby. It's really no wonder so many new mothers choose formula, with the social environment as hostile as it seems to be for working mothers of new babies.
There have been other very disturbing stories come to my attention in the past few weeks but I haven't taken the time to post them here. I'm going to try and remember to post stuff like that up here, so I can share with you as well as keep a record of stuff I want to keep handy.