Mom Fired for Nursing Wins Sex-Bias Suit

Calif. panel rules dismissal amounts to discrimination
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2009 11:02 AM CDT
California's Fair Employment and Housing Commission ruled that firing a woman for breastfeeding while on break constitutes sexual discrimination.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Firing an employee for breastfeeding during her break amounts to sex discrimination, California’s Fair Employment and Housing Commission ruled last week, awarding her $41,645 in damages, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Marina Chavez was fired from her job at a Los Angeles-area taqueria after breastfeeding her newborn on her lunch break in the family car.

The taqueria's owner claimed that he fired her for incompetence and insubordination, and says he’ll appeal the ruling, which he adds will bankrupt him.