"Research shows that if 90 percent of families exclusively breastfed for 6 months, almost 1,000 infant deaths may be prevented annually and $13 billion would be saved in medical costs each year" (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
As many of you already know, our slogan at Mintz & Geftic is "We Will Fight For You!"
As Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers, we fight for the victims of car and truck accidents that suffer with catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage or burns.
As Elizabeth, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers, we fight for the patients that endure hardships related to medical mistakes like surgical errors, birth injuries and emergency room negligence.
As Elizabeth, New Jersey workers' compensation lawyers, we fight for the hardworking men and women of New Jersey that are injured while working from a slip and fall or construction accident.
Finally, and most importantly; as parents, grandparents, sons and daughters, we always fight for the moms and children of New Jersey. For this reason, we are happy to share the news that a bill has been proposed by New Jersey lawmakers that, if passed, would protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers in the workplace.
New Jersey Bill for Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace
The proposed bill (New Jersey Bill A2294) seeks to amend an anti-discrimination statute dating back to 1945 to include breastfeeding among a number of categories, such as race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and more— that must be treated equally. It would protect nursing mothers from discrimination in getting a job, while at work, in securing housing, joining a club, accessing a loan or mortgage, or doing other business.
The new legislation would require New Jersey employers to provide a proper location (other than a bathroom stall) and a “reasonable break” for breastfeeding mothers to pump during work hours. The New Jersey bill would also make it a civil rights violation to fire a woman because she is breastfeeding during work hours.
Breastfeeding can lower breast cancer risk, especially if a woman breastfeeds for longer than 1 year. (breastcancer.org)
The medical evidence is overwhelming when it comes to proving the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mom and baby and finally the laws are starting to recognize this.
As New Jersey accident lawyers, we always support laws that protect New Jersey drivers from suffering injuries in car accidents. Whether it was the mandating of seatbelts decades ago, or more recently, limiting cellphone use while driving; evidence has clearly shown these steps help to save lives.
As New Jersey workers' compensation lawyers, we always support regulations that can help make the workplace safer and prevents slip and falls or any other work-related accidents for the workers of New Jersey.
Along these same lines, we strongly support this newly proposed bill that will protect the rights of working moms throughout the Garden State while also helping to reduce the number of infant deaths.
Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers
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