New Jersey employers can't interfere with employees or customers who breast-feed their children in public, as Tiffany and Co. learned the hard way.
A Superior Court judge says the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) can be construed to permit women to breast-feed in public areas. As a result, the court said, a young mother can sue Tiffany's over an incident at its Short Hills Mall store in Essex County.
The case: Rosa Almond was breast-feeding her child when a male Tiffany employee allegedly said, "You can't do this. You can't be here ... You can go to the bathroom and do that." The man stormed off, and Almond broke into tears and left the store.
She filed suit, alleging she suffered emotional pain and suffering, plus discrimination based on sex. The judge dismissed the pain and suffering counts but allowed the bias case to go forward.
Note: State law protects a woman's right to breast-feed in public, although the NJLAD doesn't specifically address it.