Iowa Court: Breastfeeding Employee Can’t Sue Nationwide Mutual Insurance

By Ryan J. Foley | March 19, 2014

  • March 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm
    Don Quixote says:
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    • March 19, 2014 at 6:15 pm
      Sarita says:
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      Nice try, you ignorant soul. She has federal protections. She’ll win on appeal. http://www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers/

    • February 4, 2015 at 11:21 am
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      Most pumps require a standard electrical plug. Most cars don’t have one of those. If she didn’t purchase an adapter, it may not have been an option for her to “pump in the car”. She arrived at work assuming she would have access to the lactation room – how would she take a sick or vacation day once she’s already at work and in the midst of this situation? Also, some companies require mothers to use their sick & vacation days as a part of their “leave” time for maternity, so she may not have had any on her first day back.

  • March 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm
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  • March 19, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    sl says:
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    Paperwork needed for the latation room? Couldn’t make an exception? Supervisor response if true was inappropriate. Nationwide office did not have a very professional response for the first day back to work for a new mom.

    She should have gone to her car and stuck in out…but a first day back for a new mother is pretty stressful.

    (Wellness room is where sick people go – yuk! It’s not about plush it’s about not wanting to be in a small space where sick peole have been)

    • February 4, 2015 at 11:23 am
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      Not all pumps can plug into a car. Most cars don’t have a standard wall plug in them. And not all pumps have a manual adapter, or she may not have brought it with her, assuming she could access the existing lactation room.

      • February 4, 2015 at 2:01 pm
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        Many pumps including the one my wife used were battery powered, you only needed to plug in if the battery was low. Proper planning is key.

  • March 19, 2014 at 6:21 pm
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    Hey, it says they’re “On Your Side”, not in the front.

  • March 20, 2014 at 9:51 am
    Libby says:
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    OK, I was all with the new mom until it said this was her second child and she had taken 2 months off the year before for her first. How could she have not known of the paperwork required to access the lactation room?

    • February 4, 2015 at 9:33 am
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      I have to admit I know nothing about the specifics of a lactation room, but why would there be a paperwork requirement & a 3 day waiting period? It was obvious she was returning from maternity leave.

    • February 4, 2015 at 11:17 am
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      Perhaps she didn’t breastfeed her first child? Perhaps the policy changed? There are many reasons why she might not know about the paperwork requirement.

      • February 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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        But she should have known about them. Yes there could be the reasons listed that she didn’t know…..but she should have known.

  • February 4, 2015 at 9:59 am
    insurance_guy says:
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    more proof that Iowa hates women

  • February 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm
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    I guess this is one where I disagree with the Federal judge. Why it went that far, I don’t know. Wouldn’t have been easier to just let her use it for 3 days? paperwork? nonsense. This is either procedure run amok or there is something else here to this that we do not know.

  • February 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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    The three male judges clearly have never experienced the mind numbing pain that can occur when milk is not expressed as needed.

    • February 4, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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      udder destruction…



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