This week a judge in Houston ruled in favor of an employer who fired an employee who wanted to use a breast pump to express milk during work for her child. Donnicia Venters went on company-approved leave for a pregnancy from her job at a Houston collection agency in late 2008. When she called to return to work, the company owner was very friendly until Venters requested to use a backroom to pump milk for her child. When Venters made the request, the company owner changed his tune saying that Venters’ spot had been filled.
Venters made a complaint with the EEOC and the EEOC took the employer to court alleging that the employer’s conduct was considered pregnancy discrimination. After hearing argument this week, the Houston judge tossed Venters and the EEOC out on their respective ears. Many folks are up in arms. How is this fair? What does the Houston judge have against pregnant women? Is the justice system broken?