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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:02 PM

Bobbi Bockoras, Breastfeeding Mom, Allegedly Forced By Employer To Pump On Dirty Floor

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When the ACA went into effect on March 23, 2010, it amended the nation’s arterial labor law, the FLSA, to set new workplace standards around breastfeeding and lactation. Companies must now offer new mothers “reasonable” (unpaid) break time to pump milk. They must also arrange for a “private, non-bathroom place,” “shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public,” in which the milk can be pumped, up until a year after the employee has given birth. Furthermore, employers are forbidden to “retaliate” against workers who complain about their bosses’ lack of compliance.

But following weeks of alleged harassment and discrimination, Bobbi Bockoras, a six-year employee at Saint Gobain Verallia, a glass-bottling factory in Alleghany, Pa., found herself seated on a dirty floor, surrounded by dead bugs, pump in hand. When she had first requested a space to express milk for her infant daughter, Lyla, she’d been directed to the bathroom. She’d protested, and the plant had upgraded her to the first-aid room, where she was allegedly heckled by male coworkers shouting and pounding on the door. Her next option was a room with glass walls and no lock on the entrance. Then a shower room. Finally, Bockoras writes on the ACLU’s blog,

I eventually agreed to use an old locker room, even though it was filthy, because at least it had a lock on the door – and they said they'd clean it up. But when I showed up to pump there a few days later, I found that the room had not been cleaned…the floor was unfinished and had large patches missing from it, and there was no air conditioning – which is serious, because temperatures can get up to 106 degrees on the factory floor. The only furniture in the room was a single chair. I was completely disgusted, but what could I do? I only had a short break before I had to be back on my shift, and my baby has to eat, so I pumped there anyway. Even though I complained that it was filthy, the company did not have it cleaned. To make matters worse, shortly after that, someone took the chair from the room, which is how I found myself pumping on the floor, with dead bugs for company.


When Bockoras continued to complain, the company issued a heartfelt apology, offered her two weeks paid vacation, and resolved to start abiding by federal labor laws. Oops! No, they didn’t: According to Bockoras, they switched the new mother from her day shift to a rotating schedule of nights and early mornings, refused to explain why, ignored a note from her doctor saying she should keep more regular hours, and proceeded to tell her that she would experience harassment “regardless of what shift I was on.” It didn’t help that some jokesters allegedly covered the doorknob to her lactation cell with grease and metal shards. “They've never identified the culprits and no steps were taken to train my colleagues to prevent further harassment,” Bockoras writes. After 10 weeks in this abyss of nursing humiliation, the new mom’s ability to produce breast milk began to suffer, and she had to start feeding her daughter formula. That was when she began to pursue legal recourse, reaching out to the ACLU, the Women’s Law Project, and the firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, which is now working on the case pro bono.

More:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/bobbi-bockoras-breastfeeding-mom_n_4241285.html#slide=719525

Got it, fetus sacred. Once born the mother and child are dirt. Discriminated against by her company and harassed by her fellow male MORAN coworkers.



Bobbi and her daughter, Lyla

https://www.aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/106-degrees-and-dead-bugs-good-enough-breastfeeding-moms

HT to Major Nikon for the pic, post 6 ~

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Reply Bobbi Bockoras, Breastfeeding Mom, Allegedly Forced By Employer To Pump On Dirty Floor (Original post)
sheshe2 Nov 2013 OP
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #1
Cal Carpenter Nov 2013 #2
freshwest Nov 2013 #3
sheshe2 Nov 2013 #4
freshwest Nov 2013 #12
riverbendviewgal Nov 2013 #5
Major Nikon Nov 2013 #6
sheshe2 Nov 2013 #7
Major Nikon Nov 2013 #9
liberalla Nov 2013 #18
Major Nikon Nov 2013 #20
Scootaloo Nov 2013 #27
Ilsa Nov 2013 #8
freshwest Nov 2013 #11
Moonwalk Nov 2013 #10
Manifestor_of_Light Nov 2013 #13
Uncle Joe Nov 2013 #14
Laffy Kat Nov 2013 #15
bhikkhu Nov 2013 #16
B Calm Nov 2013 #21
Tree-Hugger Nov 2013 #17
MadrasT Nov 2013 #23
liberalla Nov 2013 #19
MadrasT Nov 2013 #24
Warren DeMontague Nov 2013 #22
MadrasT Nov 2013 #25
Nine Nov 2013 #26
IrishAyes Nov 2013 #28

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2013, 11:43 PM

1. that's fucked up!!!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:05 AM

2. Disgusting assholes. And the only thing exceptional about this

story is that it became public.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:12 AM

3. Total hatred going unchecked. PA or somewhere else in the past or the world? Nope, PA.

Liberal Loner had a strongly worded post hidden for saying what she'd been seeing and hearing - and defined this hatred of women as coming from men because the planet is getting crowded. Not that a man had anything to do with her making a baby, though...

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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:33 AM

4. Oh guess it's a women's fault they got pregnant.

Here I thought it took two to tango.

In my valley girl slang, K, for real.

So let's see, the repukes deny abortions, birth control and the role of sex education. Yet Viagra, good stuff! We give it out freely, no restrictions. No vaginal probes needed, you want sex? Go for it, you are a manly man. However women are sluts and one way or another we need to probe them, so to speak. Am I missing something here?

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:52 AM

12. Unfortunately, you didn't miss anything. That's what it is. Inequality in the most intimate sense.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 12:48 AM

5. find out the company's customers

Write the customers that you will not buy their products that are contained in this horrible company bottles. BOYCOTT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:15 AM

7. She fought for nothing more than THE LAW required.



Bobbi and her daughter, Lyla

The whole time, I could not believe this was happening to me – and how hard I've had to fight for nothing more than what the law required – in 2013!

https://www.aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/106-degrees-and-dead-bugs-good-enough-breastfeeding-moms

Thank you for the links, Major Nikon. Damn this makes me angry!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:33 AM

9. I think this company is going to get a hard lesson in a variety of labor laws

If they are smart they will settle quickly, but it doesn't look as if they are all that smart. From the looks of it she was getting harassed for a while and the company was indifferent to it and even participated. The company I worked for got a 6 figure judgement against them many years ago and decided the smart thing was to be proactive about such things rather than reactive.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 04:18 AM

18. God, I hope so. This treatment is shameful, not to mention illegal.

This could damage them. They should act quickly as you say, because this could really hurt their reputation, and how their business partners and the public view them.

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Response to liberalla (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 05:39 AM

20. The law relies on people filing EEOC complaints

Contrary to what many believe, the EEOC rarely if ever takes unilateral action on illegal discrimination. It mainly serves as a means of redress for those who are harmed by illegal discrimination. Kudos to Bobbi Bockaras for standing up for her rights and shining a bright light on these cockroaches.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 08:03 AM

27. Don't count on it

 

When it comes to capital vs. labor, law becoms extremely bendy.

Part of living in a proto-fascist state.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:32 AM

8. These people hate working mothers.

They'll do anything they can to make them miserable.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:51 AM

11. GOP Jobs Program: Drive the women from the workplace. Keep 'em barefoot and pregnant at home.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:45 AM

10. One wonders how those male co-workers would have reacted if someone was treating their mother....

...like they treated her.

Of course, one wonders as well if they treat their own mothers this badly. And who the hell raised them, come to that.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:41 AM

13. The Fifth Circuit had to give Lynn Hughes a basic biology lesson.

There was a case in his Federal Court in Houston where he said that breastfeeding was not related to pregnancy, so the Texas Medical Association helpfully filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief, explaining the relationship between pregnancy and breastfeeding, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Judge Hughes' dismissal of the case and remanded it back to him for trial, since he did not understand that discrimination against a breastfeeding mother is part of discriminating against pregnant women and new mothers generally.

I wonder about some of these men who know nothing about female biology, when presumably they have wives, sisters, mothers and daughters.


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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:48 AM

14. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, sheshe.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:16 AM

15. Horrible. When I had my babies--20 years ago. . .

We had a PAID time off to go pump. It was encouraged. We had a two private rooms with light dimmers, super pumps, rocking chairs, sinks, and baby pictures all over the walls to help with let-down. The only thing we had to provide were our own accessories to the pump and storage bags or bottles. You know who I worked for? Pediatricians. They knew the value of keeping their employees and employees' babies healthy. Again, this was 20 years ago. What the hell is wrong with these companies?

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:34 AM

16. Law or not, a company that won't allow an employee simple dignity

deserves contempt.

I hope she gets a good settlement and can move on to a better situation.

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Response to bhikkhu (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 05:53 AM

21. +1 Couldn't agree more!

 

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:35 AM

17. It's messed up

We expect women to leave their weeks old babies and return back to the workforce. We have a piss poor maternity leave system here.

Employers complain about women needing to pump at work. They say they are wasting company time and money. They are leeches. So the mother doesn't pump. Then her supply dwindles due to lack of pumping during the day . So she needs to supplement with formula and needs WIC to help pay for it. Then they call her a leech because she is wasting taxpayer money. Can't win.

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Response to Tree-Hugger (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 07:38 AM

23. I sort of get the sense

that the ultimate goal is to drive women out of the workforce completely.

They'd rather they stay home with the babies like "proper women" do, and free up her job for some man who actually "deserves" it.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 04:26 AM

19. "We value each and every employee..." (says company president)

"We value each and every employee..."



The company calls themselves a world wide leader in glass packaging with 53 locations around the world (13 in the US.) The Allegheny location opened in 1900.

Nice website. sharing their vision, core values, stategy and policy. They need to live up to their promises.

Bobbi Bockoras is fighting a battle for all women, and we need to support and thank her.

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Response to liberalla (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 07:41 AM

24. Value each and every employee with a penis, maybe.

This is blatant, in-your-face hatred of women, in action, in my state, in 2013.

Unfuckingbelievable.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 06:34 AM

22. K&R

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 07:42 AM

25. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Bookmarking for further investigation to see if there is anything I can do in support.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 08:00 AM

26. Well why should this woman get special treatment like pumping breaks?



These assholes are the same as the ones complaining that the ACA now prohibits women being charged more than men and that health issues like maternity are treated as shared risk just like any other health concern.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2013, 09:51 AM

28. Sickening. I hope she winds up with enough $ to leave that hellhole.

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