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Borders Bookstore Sued After Prohibiting Breast-Feeding

Kerry Madden Lunsford has filed suit against Border Group, the parent company of the Borders bookstore chain. Lunsford alleges that she was “mortified” and felt “ashamed and humiliated” after a bookstore clerk asked her to stop breast-feeding her 8-week-old baby in a Glendale, California store.

After receiving a complaint from another customer, the clerk allegedly told Lunsford “We don’t do that here,” referring to her breast-feeding. When Lunsford asked to speak to a manager, she was again told that the store prohibited breast-feeding.

A spokesperson for Borders apologized for the Glendale clerk and manager’s mistakes, explaining that the two were not aware that California state law protects women’s right to breast-feed in public spaces. Border has also “re-educated” employees at its Glendale store and has posted signs encouraging women to breast-feed within the store.

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UPI - April 28, 1999

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