Court: Nationwide Insurance Did Not Discriminate Against Breastfeeding Employee

March 18, 2014

An Iowa appeals court says Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. didn’t discriminate against a breastfeeding mother who resigned under pressure on her first day back from maternity leave.

Angela Ames, an employee in its Des Moines office, claims that she resigned in 2010 after a female superior told her that it would be “best that you just go home to be with your babies.” She says she was upset because the company refused to give her access to a lactation room so she could pump breast milk.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the case should be dismissed before trial, finding Ames didn’t prove that her treatment was so bad that any reasonable person would’ve resigned.

Ames’ attorney, Paige Fiedler, says she’s disappointed and will seek a rehearing.

 

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  • March 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm
    Companyman says:
    As people have stated.. the article doesn't provide much info. I know that the Natiowide/Allied building in Des Moines does in fact have lactation rooms. The possible issue is... read more
  • March 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm
    Juanita says:
    Having had to pump in the ladies room in the days when breast feeding was considered archaic, I can tell you I was glad to have had even that option. It is wonderful that som... read more
  • March 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm
    Paying attention says:
    It was probably the "ilk" part... and btw it DID seem insensitive, if your child's meal came from your (normally not exposed) part of your body, would you want to stare at a u... read more
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