JURY AWARDS KFC FRANCHISEE EMPLOYEE $ 1.5 MILLION AS DAMAGES OVER LACTATION ROOM
News by Editorial Team 15 Feb 2019
Autumn Lampkins, a manager trainee with Mitra QSR, the fourth largest domestic KFC Franchisee got awarded $ 1.5 million in damages by a jury for claims related to a non-private lactation room. Lampkins sued her employer who, as per her claims refused to allow a private lactation room. She was forced to use a breast pump in the bathroom and later in a non-private room with cameras on and a supervisor seating. She was discouraged from using a breast pump and even demoted and transferred so claiming ‘it would be easier” for her to pump. She filed a case against the company for both gender discrimination and wage and hour violations citing that the employer made it difficult for her to pump milk and it dried up, preventing her from feeding the baby. The Court, however, denied the gender discrimination charges and granted a summary judgment based on the Fair Labor Standards Act, awarding her $25,000 in compensatory damages and $ 1.5 million in punitive damages.