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Mother told to pump milk in men’s restroom at Chicago court

A nursing mother is suing for discrimination after being told she should use the men’s restroom to express breast milk when she reported for jury duty at a Chicago court.

Attorney Judith Miller says a clerk told her October  2 that there was no a lactation room in Chicago’s Daley Center. Miller had given birth 11 weeks earlier and was still nursing her infant son.

‘I’d been on the other side of the jury box, I argued in front of a jury, but I’ve actually never been on a jury, so I was hoping to serve,’ Miller said to ABC 7. 

Attorney Judith Miller says a clerk told her October 2 that there was no a lactation room in Chicago’s Daley Center

Miller claims that she looked up if there was a lactation center online but was shocked when she was told conflicting information. 

‘When I got to the head of the line, the clerk I spoke with about this had never heard of the lactation room. His first response was to excuse me, and when I didn’t want to be excused he offered me, of all things, the men’s room,’ she added. 

She says the clerk said the power outlet in the women’s restroom was broken, but that she could use the men’s to pump instead.

She says the clerk said the power outlet in the women's restroom was broken, but that she could use the men's to pump instead

She says the clerk said the power outlet in the women’s restroom was broken, but that she could use the men’s to pump instead

Miller had given birth 11 weeks earlier and was still nursing her infant son

Miller had given birth 11 weeks earlier and was still nursing her infant son

Miller left the courthouse and didn’t serve. After writing about her experience, she was contacted by the ACLU who helped her file a discrimination complaint. 

Listed as the defendants were three different governmental entities and the Daley Center. 

‘Illinois law says public officials in places of public accommodation cannot discriminate against somebody just for nursing or expressing milk,’ said Amy Meek, ACLU attorney.

The lawyer, along with the ACLU, launched a discrimination lawsuit and named three different governmental entities and the Daley Center

The lawyer, along with the ACLU, launched a discrimination lawsuit and named three different governmental entities and the Daley Center

'Illinois law says public officials in places of public accommodation cannot discriminate against somebody just for nursing or expressing milk,' said Amy Meek, ACLU attorney

‘Illinois law says public officials in places of public accommodation cannot discriminate against somebody just for nursing or expressing milk,’ said Amy Meek, ACLU attorney

Miller added: ‘The Idea that a nursing mother would be excluded from that important civic duty because of being a nursing mother is outrageous.’ 

Miller and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by Chicago and Cook County under the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Cook County officials say the clerk was misinformed and that all city and county courts have private spaces available for nursing mothers.



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