Former Meijer employee sues over breast pumping dispute


SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A former Meijer employee has sued the Midwest retailer saying it failed to accommodate her need to pump as a breastfeeding mother.

Rachel Keesling of Lapeer says there wasn’t a place for her to express her milk at the Swartz Creek store near Flint, so she had to use a bathroom and the store’s computer server room, which she later learned was monitored by a surveillance camera.

The Detroit Free Press reports the lawsuit filed last month in Genesee County Circuit Court seeks more than $25,000. Allegations include sex discrimination, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi says the Grand Rapids-based company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Documents say Keesling started working at the store in 2013 when she had a 3-month-old baby.

——Information from: Detroit Free Press

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