08/19/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan
Manhattan, NY—A woman who claims she was thrown of a Manhattan café after breastfeeding her 5-month-old baby filed a civil rights lawsuit against the shop Monday, August 16, 2010. The incident occurred in a café in close proximity to Bryant Park last year, according to information provided by the Wall Street Journal.
Reports indicated Julia Acevedo-Taylor joined a friend for coffee at Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Café last year. Both were generally new mothers and allegedly began breastfeeding at a table inside the café when the store manager approached them.
The manager apparently asked them to stop breastfeeding. When they refused to comply, the manager allegedly insisted they leave and never return.
Acevedo-Taylor’s lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages for embarrassment and shame she felt as a result of the incident. The plaintiff also alleged she suffered anxiety and was unable to breastfeed in public as a result.
While the facts of the case have the potential to be contested in court, Acevedo-Taylor was allowed to breastfeed in public based on New York civil rights law.
A statue stating, “A mother may breast feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother’s breast is covered during or incidental to the breast feeding,” was passed in 1994, thus clearing her of any wrongdoing.
The lawsuit also contends Acevedo-Taylor did not expose her nipple while breastfeeding her child in Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Café, though she would remain protected by the law nonetheless.
The case continues.
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