Former KFC Employee Wins $1.5 Million Lawsuit for Breastfeeding Discrimination

Marco Green
February 15, 2019

A DE jury has ruled that Kentucky Fried Chicken must pay more than $1.5 million to Autumn Lampkins, a former employee who said she was demoted for pumping her breast milk during work time, according to a report by the New York Post.

The Delaware woman, Autumn Lampkins, claimed in the district court she was discriminated against because her co-workers and supervisors made it so hard for her to breastfeed her supply dried up, USA Today reported. She was first allowed to pump in a single-stall bathroom, which had a surveillance camera that could not be turned off, according to the lawsuit.

She sued for gender discrimination and harassment experienced at two of the Delaware KFC restaurants she worked at.

The court awarded Lampkins $25,000 in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages, according to the report. The jury sent a message that employers cannnot treat lactating women differently in the workplace, ' Lampkins' attorney Patrick Gallagher said. "It's a great day for women's rights".

It also argued the mother rarely had privacy to pump breastmilk while working because of windows and surveillance cameras.

Lampkins's milk supply subsequently dried up, so she made the decision to switch her baby to formula. "The jury sent a message that employers can not treat lactating women differently in the workplace".

KFC order to pay $2.1 million for stopping an employee from breastfeeding. But she immediately had to work 10-hour training sessions with just one break, which didn't allow her to pump every two hours, as her doctors recommended.

Lampkins said she started to take fewer breaks, which then led to physical pain.

Following the incident, Durbin posted about her experience at the restaurant on Facebook. She said the employee did not apologize to her. "He said, 'Well, as a manager I am obligated to tell you we are getting complaints and ask you to cover up, ' threw the napkin down in front of me, and angrily walked away with a huff", Durbin previously wrote.

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