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Published September 03, 2012, 11:33 PM

Waitress says she was forbidden from pumping breast milk at work

According to reports, a boss stopped a California waitress from pumping breast milk at work and told her that the act was “disgusting.”

By: Source: New York Daily News, INFORUM

According to reports, a boss stopped a California waitress from pumping breast milk at work and told her that the act was “disgusting.”

Kristen Joseph has pumped her breast milk while on the job at Hennessey’s Tavern in Seal Beach, Calif., without any problems since she had her son, Wrigley, six months ago, KTLA-TV reported.

The 28-year-old single mom usually takes a 10-minute break to do so in her manager’s office – that is, until the on-duty manager refused to give her the office keys last week.

“He said it was disgusting. He said he didn’t want me to spray all over his office,” Joseph told CBS Los Angeles. “I was just appalled at what he had to say.”

The manager allegedly told Joseph that she was allowed to quit if she didn’t like it.

“I went outside and I was freaking out and crying,” Joseph told KTLA. “My co-workers tried to calm me down.”

But the young waitress said she returned to finish her shift – continuing to work as breast milk started to leak through her shirt – because she still had several tables to close out and paperwork to finish.

“If I don’t pump, then my breasts are very engorged and they hurt and they leak,” Joseph told KTLA.

California law “allows a mother to breast-feed her child in any location, private or public, except the private home or residence of another,” where consent is needed.

Companies with more than 50 employees are required to provide an area, separate from the bathroom, for women to pump their breast milk.

The 28-year-old said she called her general manager about the incident – but hasn’t heard back.

She said the restaurant’s corporate office is currently investigating her claims.

Hennessey’s Tavern did not return requests for comment.

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