Breast-pumping worker sues Wal-Mart for alleged retaliation


Mary Thomas filed a $125,000 lawsuit

FILE- This Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shows a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Wal-Mart employee has sued the company after suspecting she was fired for complaining about not getting adequate break time to pump breast milk for her 5-month-old baby.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday that Mary Thomas filed the $125,000 lawsuit this week against the retail giant after her initial Sept. 13 complaint against the Oregon store.

Thomas’ attorney says the Arkansas-based company retaliated when management fired her six days after she asked for a break at the beginning of her shift.

Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove says what Thomas has alleged is not consistent with company policy.

U.S. Department of Labor says employers must provide time for mothers to pump their milk for the baby’s first year of life. A new Oregon law that took effect Sept. 29 added six months.

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