Judge: Firing for lactating not sex discrimination

HOUSTON,TX. (AP) - A Houston woman who says she lost her collection agency job because she wanted to pump breast milk for her newborn child has lost a lawsuit accusing her employer of sex discrimination.

KHOU-TV of Houston reports that, in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Donnicia Venters, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission argued Houston Funding fired her in February 2010 over the lactation issue.

Houston Funding argued it fired Venters because, while she recovered from postpartum complications, she didn't keep supervisors updated on her recovery and return from pregnancy leave.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled in Houston that dismissal because of pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition is illegal. However, "firing someone because of lactation or breast-pumping is not sex discrimination."

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