KFC worker wins $1.5MILL in discrimination lawsuit over breastfeeding – Daily News

A former Kentucky Fried Chicken employee has won $1.5million in damages after she sued the fast food chain for gender discrimination, saying it was made impossible for her to pump breast milk during her shifts On Friday a jury entered a verdict in favor of Autumn Lampkins, of Dover, Delaware, awarding her $25,000 in compensatory damages and $1 5million in punitive damages. Lampkins, 27, was hired by KFC a few months after giving birth to her son in 2014 She was allegedly told breastfeeding wouldn’t be a problem at work. She claimed that co-workers and supervisors at KFC and KFC/Taco Bell restaurants in Kent County made it so difficult for her to pump breast milk during her shifts that her supply dried up, according to the Delaware News Journal  She said she was only allowed to pump once a 10-hour shift, instead of the once every two hours as recommended Lampkins pumped in a single-stall bathroom then was asked to pump in the manager’s office, but there was a surveillance camera in there that she was told could not be turned off, the lawsuit said   She claimed that she wasn’t regularly able to pump at work and when she could, she rarely had any privacy because of the windows and surveillance cameras in the restaurant, according to the lawsuit   Share this article Share She was hired and trained at one KFC in Dover then was transferred to another where she was demoted and said her co-workers tried to subordinate her, complaining that she got ‘breaks’ to pump her breast milk  As a result of not being free to pump as much as she wanted, Lampkins alleged she suffered physical pain and was forced to move her baby on to formula earlier than planned   She sued for gender discrimination and harassment experienced at two of the Delaware KFC restaurants she worked at  ‘It’s a great day for women’s rights. The jury sent a message that employers cannnot treat lactating women differently in the workplace,’ Lampkins’ attorney Patrick Gallagher said   However, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there’s a limit on compensatory and punitive damages against employers with a cap of $300,000, as per the Journal    

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