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I went to an offsite meeting for work. It was at a different company from the one that employs me. At lunch time, I asked the receptionist if there was a place (other than the toilet) where I could pump. She told me that it was prohibited on the property. When I asked why, she said for "sanitary reasons".<br><br>
I plan to call the facilities department of this company, but I was wondering if anyone knows if this is legal?
 

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That is NOT legal. They can't prohibit you to pump any more than they can prohibit you to use the restroom on their property (yes, I know it's not the same thing, but you get the point). I would speak to the HR rep, management, anybody I could get ahold of. Check on BFing laws in your state - they normally mention pumping as well.
 

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By law in MI you may breastfeed anywhere you (mom) are allowed to be, IMHO pumping qualifies as breastfeeding. If they don't let you they are breaking the law and could be up for a big civil rights lawsuit. Not to mention a nice nurse/pump in if the information was to get out in just the right way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> If it were me and I wasn't in total shock from her reply, I would take off my shirt and start pumping front and center in their reception area and I would make the point of letting anyone and everyone know why I was doing that, there. (But I'm ornery that way!) In reality being a guest in their building and probably not being an exibitionist, I would get some big kahoona CEO, Pres, etc or ask for the head of their legal department and point out to them (after asking if this was indeed true, because you just couldn't believe that a company of their high caliber <blah, blah,blah> would break the law in such a way opening them up to a huge lawsuit) the huge legal and PR liability they were openeing themselves up to. You might want to check the legal pages at the LLL website, they are really great, there may even be a place for you to email your question to one of the LLL attorneys.
 

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Unfortunately, I believe that is NOT the case. If this is a privately owned company, they CAN bar you from breastfeeding on their property. The ONLY law protecting breastfeeding in any form in Michigan is protecting the mother from being put in jail for indecent exposure. What company was it, though? I WOULD speak to the HR dept, and management and ask what their official, written policy is. IF it truely does bar pumping because it's a biohazard (which it is officially NOT per federal standards), I bet you there would be a BUNCH of lactivist mamas who'd love to get their hands on that information!
 

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I'll call tomorrow. I don't understand why a company would allow smoking on the property (outside) but not pumping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hopmad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hopping mad"> What sense does that make?
 

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The building is a secured building, meaning that one needs a badge to enter. I am authorized to be there, but not my ds. So, the bfing law wouldn't apply.<br><br>
I spoke with facilities, and was told that I can use the medical room to pump. The woman also said that I shouldn't have been told that it wasn't allowed on the property.
 

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I'm glad you got a better response this time. Now, I'm known to be a total b*tch, but I'd be asking for a written apology for the rudeness of the employee in question.
 

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Jennifer, good for you for following up and bringing this issue to the attention of those higher up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">. I'm glad you got a better response, and hopefully they will better educate their employees.<br><br>
So if the receptionist thinks pumping breastmilk isn't allowed at this company for sanitary reasons, where the heck does she think their employees go when they have to poop? I consider breast milk to be a HECK of a lot more sanitary than poop <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
I had a slightly different experience when my paid maternity leave ended (after 6 weeks), and I had to go in for an exit interview, pass a physical, turn in my cell phone, etc., to officially start my unpaid leave. Security refused to allow my 6 week old dd into the building with me. I don't know what I would have done if I hadn't brought mil with me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">. As it was, I was livid. But even after elevating it to the head of facilities they said no, so I had to leave her in the lobby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:. Once I turned in my cell phone there was no way for mil to contact me when dd started screaming her head off because she was hungry. Thankfully a colleague heard her crying and came and got me. I then asked again if I could at least take her into the restroom to nurse her. Due to birth trauma issues, my dd constantly pulled off and cried while nursing, and it was not something I wanted to do in public, in the lobby of the building I worked in, in front of all of my colleagues (95% male) as they came and went. They still refused. I was so upset I didn't know if I should scream or cry. I absolutely refused to go out to my car, so I sat in the lobby and nursed her. Thankfully it was one of her rare, calm nursings, and she even let me put a blanket over her (I normally don't cover up in public, but felt really shy in front of the people I worked with). But man was I PISSED. I wanted to complain up the chain of command (this was at one of the big three), but was so exhausted just trying to make it through each day, I never did. This was well over a year ago, so I had kind of forgotten about it, but your post brought it back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.
 

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I just have to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> at that. What kind of a security risk is a six-week-old infant?
 
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