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Iowa Court: Breastfeeding Employee Canít Sue Nationwide Mutual Insurance
Insurance Journal ^ | 2014 | Ryan J. Foley

Posted on 02/03/2015 6:40:59 PM PST by Lexinom

Ames claimed that on the morning she returned from a two-month maternity leave in July 2010, the company refused to let her use its lactation rooms because its policy required mothers to complete paperwork seeking security access and wait three days for processing. She had been unaware of that requirement. A company nurse suggested she use a wellness room that was occupied at the time, but also cautioned that doing so might expose her milk to germs.

Ames said she was in pain while waiting for that room to be vacated, when her supervisor informed her that she would be expected to work overtime to catch up on her work or face disciplinary action. Ames then went to her department head, Karla Neel, to see if she could find her a place to lactate, but was told that was not Neel’s responsibility.

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FULL TITLE: Iowa Court: Breastfeeding Employee Can’t Sue Nationwide Mutual Insurance

The Supreme Court was right on to abstain from overturning this case as the ACLU wanted: we've got enough mommy government on business' backs already. A company can fire whomever they wish.

That said, we are also well within our rights to see to it that anti-woman, anti-motherhood, anti-family tactics at these companies is appropriately recompensed.

This is a culture of life issue.

Here is Nationwide's Facebook page. Let them know how you feel.

1 posted on 02/03/2015 6:40:59 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

**Ames then went to her department head, Karla Neel, to see if she could find her a place to lactate, but was told that was not Neel’s responsibility.**

Not Neel’s circus. Not Neel’s monkey.


2 posted on 02/03/2015 6:48:07 PM PST by Gamecock (Joel Osteen is a minister of the Gospel like Captain Cruch is a Naval line officer.)
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To: Lexinom

Interesting Facebook page: “making children feel safe” and “not invisible”.

Paperwork for security clearance? 3 day waiting period?

Nationwide was not on her side.


3 posted on 02/03/2015 6:56:21 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: Lexinom

Sounds like the kind of BRAT you want to get out of the workplace anyway - good for Nationwide and it didn’t cost them a penny (other than work time for their lawyers).


4 posted on 02/03/2015 7:00:34 PM PST by BobL (REPUBLICANS - Fight for the WHITE VOTE...and you will win.)
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To: Lexinom
Many years ago, Dennis Prager did a segment on the left's obsession with public breastfeeding and kept referring to the issue as a "sacred cow."

People from both sides of the issue called in but no one caught on to what he was saying. All I could think was "dood!"

5 posted on 02/03/2015 7:09:10 PM PST by stormhill
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To: Gamecock

And Neel’s free to do as she wishes. And those of us with a shred of humanity are free to do as we wish as well and switch insurance companies...


6 posted on 02/03/2015 7:10:11 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

Unaware? Going to bet it is in the employee handbook and in the maternity leave papers she signed. But really, lactating rooms? They had these?

Either way, company policy was likely known and ignored.


7 posted on 02/03/2015 7:13:15 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: kingu

Most company policies are ignored until they want to fire someone.


8 posted on 02/03/2015 7:25:47 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Lexinom
um...I breastfed my child for a full year, and went to work after 6 weeks combined accrued sick/vacation time.

My company graciously supported me by setting my lunch hour in stone, so I could always nurse my child at mid-day.
They also understood that another employee who was diabetic, needed a set lunch schedule for personal reasons.

It's not rocket science!
It's just a schedule.
15 hours on demand, 9 hours strictly scheduled around three timed feedings. Before work, at lunch, and after work.
No more than a four hour separation between scheduled feedings.
Mother and child can both work with that, naturally.
For the extra special delicate snowflakes, either stop breastfeeding and bottle feed, or stop working.

9 posted on 02/03/2015 7:38:00 PM PST by sarasmom (Je suis Charlie!)
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To: Lexinom; Gamecock

I could have been breastfed

But I died

Nationwide....your kid just died

(with compliments to SuperBowl 2015)


10 posted on 02/03/2015 7:40:25 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: sarasmom

I think she needed to express some milk. Anyways, it sounds like a large percentage of Freepers are pro-abortion, reading these comments...


11 posted on 02/03/2015 7:42:53 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: xzins

Don’t make me come down there and post that nutshell again...


12 posted on 02/03/2015 7:43:47 PM PST by Albion Wilde (It is better to offend a human being than to offend God.)
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To: cyn

Companies have to use secure rooms now when children are brought to work because of workplace shootings. If women want access to these rooms, they have to get their security badges, and that’s a process. It is not just Nationwide. These companies are protecting themselves from lawsuits, and when they protect the company, they protect jobs.


13 posted on 02/03/2015 7:44:28 PM PST by jean michael
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To: Albion Wilde

now....remind me again what that shell meant....:>)


14 posted on 02/03/2015 7:44:46 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: sarasmom

She’s not seeking anyone’s approval or special attention. She’s not saying it’s rocket science.

She was simply looking for a place to express her milk on her first day back from maternity leave after a difficult pregnancy.


15 posted on 02/03/2015 7:49:45 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: jean michael

// Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. did not discriminate against an employee who claims she was denied a room to pump breast milk and pressured to resign on her first day back from maternity leave, a federal appeals court in Iowa has ruled. //


16 posted on 02/03/2015 7:52:51 PM PST by cyn (Benghazi.)
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To: Lexinom
A company nurse suggested she use a wellness room that was occupied at the time, but also cautioned that doing so might expose her milk to germs.

If she was in pain then that is what she should have done and tossed the milk.

If she wanted to nurse her child (was the child there?) then she had other options.

It was not her supervisor's place to deal with this. The birth was not a surprise. She had plenty of time to find out the policies and procedures.

She didn't.

Which leaves me worried for her child.

17 posted on 02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Lexinom
Let's all sing:

Nationwide isn't on your side!

18 posted on 02/03/2015 8:02:32 PM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: driftdiver

Oh, I’ll agree, this certainly seems like a baby momma who came back to work and wanted everyone and everything to cater to her very important motherly jobs. I mean, can you BELIEVE they still expected her to work with all this stress? ;)


19 posted on 02/03/2015 8:05:26 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Lexinom
As a mother, I have sympathy for this woman. OTOH, I've been on the scourge list of the "lacto-nazis" who refused to accept any reason, outside of death itself, for not nursing. So I'll have to read and re-read this and ponder which side I take.
20 posted on 02/03/2015 8:08:25 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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