From the protest at Bayview Thriftway earlier today. They are protesting this location because an employee harassed a nursing mother to the point where she decided to leave the store. Other mothers nursed today without incident.
I forgot I posted this on Tumblr. Here’s an update:
Bayview Thriftway promised to train their employees about women’s right to breastfeed in Washington state. An employee asked the woman to stop breastfeeding which is against the law.
After talking to the baby’s father, apparently what happened was the mother was breastfeeding and was asked to leave. The employee hovered and continued to make comments about the mother’s choice to breastfeed in public. The employee also made comments about the mother’s service animal asking what its purpose was and if she really needed it.
The mother became distressed and left the store.
This happened during the summer. The parents no longer shop at this store. On the day the protest occurred several women breastfed in the deli area of Bayview Thriftway without incident. All reported pleasant interactions with staff.
I haven’t heard about any complaints about this location since.
For anyone who is curious here are the laws in Washington State that pertain to breastfeeding:
From the National Conference of State Legislatures website:
Wash. Rev. Code § 9A.88.010 (2001) states that the act of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk is not indecent exposure. (HB 1590)
Wash. Rev. Code § 43.70.640 (2001) allows any employer, governmental and private, to use the designation of “infant-friendly” on its promotional materials if the employer follows certain requirements. (2001 Wash. Laws, Chap. 88)
Wash. Rev. Code § 49.60.30(g) provides that it is the right of a mother to breastfeed her child in any place of public resort, accommodations, assemblage or amusement. (2009 Wash. Laws, Chap. 164, HB 1596)
Wash. Rev. Code § 49.60.215 states that it is an unfair practice for any person to discriminate against a mother breastfeeding her child in any place of public resort, accommodations, assemblage or amusement. (2009 Wash. Laws, Chap. 164, HB 1596)