Back in 2007 I wrote about Sophie Currier, a Harvard MD/Phd student who sued the National Medical Licensing Examiners Board for break time to pump for her 4-month old daughter during her medical boards.
The Boston Globe reports:
Breast-feeding mothers are protected under state law and special accommodation must be made for women who need to take a break from medical licensing exams in order to properly care for their child, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today.
“Our decision . . . recognizes that there remain barriers that prevent new mothers from being able to breast-feed or express breast milk,’’ Chief Justice Roderick Ireland wrote.
Ireland then wrote for the unanimous court: “We take this opportunity to extend protection to lactating mothers in the context of lengthy testing required for medical licensure.’’
I imagine that this ruling will cause similar accommodations to be made for other licensing exams, at least in Massachusetts. Her lawyers commented:
Although the court was careful to limit its decision to the facts of this case, this case potentially impacts any testing organization that administers exams in a place of public accommodation. The impact is potentially much broader.
Have any of you had to take long exams while breastfeeding? Did you have enough time to pump?
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