Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
News: Another Asinine Act of Breastfeeding Discrimination
time I was trying not to cry. I felt ashamed and dirty and
then the other half of me felt enraged because I knew it was my legal
and maternal right to breast-feed in public.â€
This incident occurred in my neck of the woods, so I’m breaking tradition to post a news link.
Last week, a mother began nursing her tired, hungry and sleepy 7-month-old son during takeoff from the Fresno Yosemite International Airport on a
United Express flight operated by SkyWest Inc. The flight attendant repeatedly asked her to stop feeding her baby, then covered the obscene act with a blanket. The attendant cited company policy for this act of discrimination.
The reporter covering this story tried to ferret out this policy and the closest he got to it was a SkyWest representative who said: â€œI
can understand if [the attendant] received complaints by passengers on the plane,
in that case [the attendant] is within jurisdiction [...] SkyWestâ€™s policy is to make sure that
all of our passengers feel comfortable.â€
Company policy does not trump California law. Within our borders we are protected against this (particular form of) discrimination. Just once I’d like the mother to assert her rights. "Please share your directive with the other passengers. I want them as witnesses when I sue you and your company back to the womb. Now, leave me alone and, because it’s the holiday season, I won’t insist you be fired."
It boggles my mind that an apology was not promptly provided by the company. I expect a company "Communications Specialist" to be cognizant of applicable laws, or at the very least, of a pending public relations debacle.