New Breastfeeding Laws for Employers
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just signed 40 bills into law this past week; one of which would bar any type of discrimination against breastfeeding employees. The new law now requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for their nursing employees.
This new law went into effect January 8 in New Jersey making it so employers cannot refuse to hire someone because they are nursing. They are also not able to fire employees because of breastfeeding or "discriminate against them in compensation and other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the ground that they are breastfeeding. You are likewise prohibited from treating women employees you know or should know are 'affected by breastfeeding' less favorably-for example, with respect to workplace accommodation and leave policies-than employees not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work" per Fisher Phillips. Continue