Under Oregon law, an employee is allowed to pump breast milk at work so long as she provides the employer with notice prior to returning to work.
Does My Employer Have to Accommodate Me?
An employer must provide reasonable accommodations to allow the new mother to pump her breast milk. The employer cannot discriminate against the new mother for pumping, and he must provide a private and sanitary location. The employer cannot force the new mother to pump in a bathroom, and the employer needs to make an effort to find a pumping location close to the woman’s work area.
Does My Employer Have to Provide Me with Breaks to Pump?
An employer must allow a new mother to pump milk at work and must give her breaks. The new mother must also make an effort to pump during her break times.
For every 4 hours worked, the employer must give her a 30-minute break to pump.
If the new mom needs to pump more frequently, then the employer must provide her with unpaid breaks. For those unpaid breaks, the new mom can make up the time by starting her workday earlier or leaving work later.
Can I Pump Breast Milk during My Paid Breaks?
It depends. If your employer provides you with paid breaks, then you are supposed to use those breaks to pump. As a result, you are not taking any additional time and do not have to make up any time lost by working additional time.
However, if you need additional breaks to pump on top of your paid breaks, then you will have to work overtime.
Consulting a Lawyer
If you believe your employer is discriminating against you for issues related to breastfeeding or pumping milk at work, please contact an employment lawyer. Your employer cannot take away your rights to provide nourishment for your infant. Thus, an experienced employment lawyer can help you take appropriate measures to pump at work and/or seek damages against your employer for discrimination.