An August amendment to the New Yorkguarantees time and space for breast-feeding mothers to express milk at work, but stops short of emancipating them from the lowly toilet stall.
All New York employers, regardless of size, now must give breast-feeding mothers reasonable unpaid break time—or allow them to use paid break time or meal times—to express milk. Employers also must provide a private, accessible place to express milk and may not discriminate “in any way” against employees who do so at work.
The state rejected proposed amendments, however, that would have required employers to provide refrigerated storage for the milk and a space, other than a toilet stall, for expressing it.
New York is the 14th state to pass laws protecting the rights of nursing mothers at work.
Final note: Breast-feeding mothers can be an ornery bunch. Recently, breast-milk advocates have staged “feed-ins” at locations where they have felt unwelcome in the past.