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Santa Clara firm fined for not accommodating lactating mom

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A Silicon Valley security services company has been fined $4,000 for failing to provide a private space for one of its employees to express breast milk.

California regulators fined International Security Services, based in Santa Clara, after receiving a complaint from a new mother.

California passed a lactation accommodation law (A.B. 1025) in 2001. The law, which amended Labor Code sections 1030 and 1031, requires private and public employers to provide a reasonable amount of break time and a private space other than a toilet stall for women to express milk.

The law permits employers to refuse to accommodate a request that “seriously disrupts” operations. The fine against International Security Services was the first since the law was enacted.

According to California’s Labor Commissioner, the company had initially provided the employee with a computer server room equipped with security cameras. It lacked the required level of privacy. 

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