I think this is more about the concept then the reality.
You wouldn't fix a lunch in the bathroom so why should you have to pump there. I know it can be done, just like there are moms out there that never NIP. However it should not be expected that you, or any other mom, use the bathroom.
Standing up for yourself may even help out that other new mom. Maybe she still doesn't know her rights?
What ever happens I'm sure you'll be fine. You're not being a snob or hard to get along with. This is important and you have every right to kick up a fuss.
I spent the first few months with my first DD pumping in a bathroom, while you can do it, I wouldn't again. Going in there after or while someones 'making the room stinky' isn't fun. I went to an all day rock concert at a local outdoor arena when I was still pumping with my older one. They had me 'check in' the pump at the aid station and gave me a private room to pump in, one of the aid rooms, I think. I would think that they could come up with something better than a public bathroom at a stadium. If they have the whole stadium, there's got to be private rooms with power for 'big wigs' that you could use. Remind them that it's not just a good idea, it's the law! :)
What is the law? is it state dependent?
Basically, if the company has more than 50 employees, they have to provide somewhere that 'isn't a bathroom' and reasonable breaks for a mother to pump for the first year.
Well, it may be federal law that your employer has to provide a place to pump, but I don't think it's the law that anywhere you go while you are employed must also provide you a non-bathroom location to pump. :gvibes
That being said, I do think you should be able to find an alternative. If it were the only option though, I would pump in a bathroom.
So this is annoying. I responded to my coworker's email back on Tuesday morning, kindly asking if she could look into "an office or box or first aid room or something" as an alternative to the bathroom. She never responded - no email back to say she's looking into it, no words in passing, nothing. So first thing this morning I emailed her and copied her supervisor to ask if there was any luck with it, and have not heard from either of them!
I'm starting to think they are going to ignore it as long as possible, until there is no time left for them to look into it and then I'll have no choice but to pump in the bathroom. :banghead