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Monday, June 4, 2012

TMA Backs Houston Woman in Lactation Dispute

A Houston federal judge was wrong when he ruled against a woman who says her employer fired her because she wanted to pump breast milk, TMA and the Texas Pediatric Society contend in a brief filed with the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. We urge the appeals court to overturn an opinion by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes that childbirth ends pregnancy-related medical conditions, and that Title VII of federal law does not protect women from being discriminated against or fired for lactation and breast pumping. Judge Hughes ruled that the woman could not claim discrimination because lactation is not pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition. We entered the case on the recommendation of the TMA Committee on Maternal and Perinatal Health and the Council on Science and Public Health.

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