Target: Carmel School District Superintendent, James Ryan
Goal: Compensate teacher who was discriminated against and fired for breastfeeding her child
Recently, Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle, a teacher at Carmelo School in Carmel, California, was fired because the school could not accommodate her breastfeeding schedule for her newborn child. When Boyle returned to work after giving birth, she asked for a short break in the day to pump her breasts. She was told this was not allowed, and was repeatedly denied privacy until her baby was weaned off of breast milk. After this, Boyle was given a negative job evaluation and asked to resign.
When Boyle returned to her job after giving birth, she asked for one fifteen-minute break each day to pump her breasts. However, she was told that this would not be accommodated. Her supervisor asked her to train her breasts not to produce milk during school hours. Doing this would involve not feeding her newborn child during those hours, essentially depriving her child so that she would not have to take a fifteen-minute break at work. During her time at the school, she repeatedly asked for accommodations to be made, but was forced to pump her breasts with little to no privacy. No accommodations were ever made.
Boyle was later given a negative job evaluation and asked to resign. Her previous evaluations had been positive. Boyle is currently suing the school for wrongful termination, as she believes her negative evaluation was the result of her requests for accommodation. Boyle should have been given proper accommodations for pumping her breasts and feeding her child, but instead she was fired. Demand the school district compensate Boyle for discrimination and wrongful termination.
Dear Mr. Ryan:
Recently, Sarah Ann Lewis Boyle, a teacher at Carmelo School, was asked to resign after repeatedly requesting accommodations for pumping her breasts, as she was breastfeeding a newborn child. Boyle requested one fifteen-minute break in the day to pump her breasts in privacy, and was instead told to train her breasts not to produce milk. To do this would mean depriving her infant of food for periods of time. Boyle was ultimately given a negative job evaluation and asked to resign.
I ask you to compensate Boyle for this discrimination and wrongful termination. She repeatedly asked for accommodations and was not given any. She was forced to pump her breasts with little to no privacy, and was asked to resign because of this. Compensate Boyle for denying her privacy and encouraging her to leave the school.
[Your Name Here]