Two former employees of Shawnee County, Kansas, District Attorney Chad Taylor after they allege that there were no opportunities to breastfeed or pump in the office. When plaintiffs Krystal Boxum-Debolt and Lisa Anne Moore voiced their concerns, they were fired. Both women were let go on August 2, 2010.
As a result of their termination, they filed lawsuit in District Court of Kansas on October 1 and said that they were victims of gender discrimination.
The two plaintiffs began voicing their complaints during the spring of 2010. According to The Associated Press, the lawsuit states that the females were made fun of for bringing up the issue of a lack of breastfeeding facilities. Additionally, the lawsuit says that Taylor declared "Moore must not have enough work to do since she was looking up statutes."
Boxum-Debolt and Moore are seeking various forms of compensation that include monetary damages for lost wages, emotional pain and suffering and harm to their reputation. They are also looking to get their jobs back because they don't think they should have been fired in the first place.
The plaintiffs are asking for a jury trial and have requested that the court proceedings take place in Kansas City, Kansas.
In addition to these charges, the plaintiffs have also stated that several Hispanic women in the office were bullied into cleaning their unnamed supervisor's home and that these women "routinely worked in excess of 40 hours per work week without overtime compensation."
No word has been released as to when the case will go to trial.
If you live in Missouri and have been the victim of gender discrimination in the workplace, you may benefit from a consultation with a Kansas City lawyer. These experienced and locally based professionals can assess your claim and help you recover damages that you may be entitled to.