An Iowa woman who was fired for breastfeeding filed a lawsuit against her employer for sex discrimination. Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the suit because of the trial court’s findings that “breastfeeding-related firings aren’t sexist because men can lactate too.”
New mom Angela Ames gave birth to her second child in May 2010. When she returned from maternity leave two months later, the Nationwide Insurance Company employee discovered she was unable to pump milk at work. According to court documents, Ames was denied access to the lactation room because she did not fill out the required paperwork before she returned to her job. In Ames’ defense, she was not informed about the paperwork until her first day back.
According to the court, Nationwide’s treatment of Ames’ was not sexist because “under certain circumstances, some men can lactate, too.