Former NBC CT Reporter Suing

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When I returned to work as a reporter at NBC Connecticut after the birth of my second daughter in 2019, I was told I couldn’t return to the station’s designated mothers’ room during the day to pump breast milk like I had after my first child. “Find a Target or a hospital,” they said. It was humiliating.

I was accused of being unable to do my job— one I did well for a long time. I was “sent home” after stopping back at the station to pump one day. I was forced to email and call managers every day, every time I pumped, where I was (sometimes that was a firehouse, police station or first selectman’s office) and how long it would take. It was degrading.

They set mandated pump times. Faced with constant deadlines, I had no choice but to skip pumping sometimes. I was scrutinized and was told I was a poor performer and that a manager would need to shadow me for several days to observe my work and “my pumping.” It was difficult.

Then, they didn’t allow me to return to work from a short medical leave because they hadn’t decided if they could accommodate my pumping.

That’s how my TV career ended.

It’s taken me more than a year to write this post, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid. This video is from about a month after I went back.

Connecticut state laws protect a mother’s right to breastfeed her child. NBC’s policies offer generous parental leave.

Laws and policies are not enough. The people who did this to me were women.

We need CULTURAL change. We need systems in place to ensure that all women (mothers included) are empowered and valued. For now, my case against NBC Universal is slowly making its way through the Federal Court system.