Ryan Briggs Ryan Briggs is a staff writer and connoisseur of City Hall intrigue, business dealings, neighborhood gossip and local lore. Ryan has studied, worked and resided in Philadelphia since 2004, covering politics and development issues for Hidden City, Next City and Metropolis, amongst other fine publications.
The bill would not protect babies from being fired for excessive napping
In a packed Council session yesterday, which drew dozens of land bank supporters, one bill drew chuckles from observers and Council President Darrell Clarke: a ban on employers discriminating against mothers that need to lactate on the job.
But its a serious issue for Councilman David Oh and working mothers. The bill would amend the city's business codes to make it unlawful for an employer "to fail to accommodate an individual's reasonable need to lactate or express breast milk."
Although it was an intriguing move for Oh, whose biggest legislative accomplishments to date have largely focused on veterans' issues, the bill was hardly controversial, being sponsored by every single member of Council.
That is likely because these privileges are already enshrined by federal work rules. Oh says the municipal law would allow aggrieved workers to file complaints with Philadelphia's Human Rights Commission.
UPDATE: Oh wrote the City Paper to clarify that federal work rules only provided limited to protection to lactating workers, stressing the importance of his bill. "Since FLSA deals with lost compensation and breaks for pumping breast milk are unpaid, there is a real question as to what is the real impact [of FLSA]", wrote Oh, in an email.
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