A jury in Delaware has found that a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchisee must pay a former employee over $1.5 million for workplace discrimination that ultimately made her unable to breastfeed her child.
Autumn Lampkins filed the suit in U.S. District Court, alleging that her co-workers and supervisors at KFC and KFC/Taco Bell restaurants in Kent County, Delaware made it so hard for her to pump breast milk during her shifts that her supply dried up entirely.
The jury agreed that Ms. Lampkins suffered gender discrimination and harassment. These actions resulted in Ms. Lampkins’ inability to pump breast milk as often as she needed to, and when she could, there were so many windows and surveillance cameras that she was denied adequate privacy to do so. Ultimately, this resulted in her inability to produce any breast milk at all.
Instead of pumping once every two hours as recommended, Ms. Lampkins was only allowed to pump once during her ten-hour shift. Similarly, she was not allowed to pump in the bathroom and, instead, had to pump in a manager’s office that had a surveillance camera that she was not allowed to turn off.
The jury awarded her $25,000 in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.