Re: Odd response from HR on work-pump request
I was working while pumping for 6 months before my boss told me that I'd been 'taking personal time breaks for which I was being paid.' I tried to tell him that I'd been working while pumping, but he didn't want to hear it and said a woman in hr had told him, 'obviously I couldn't work and pump at the same time.' He said what I was doing was the equivalent of another employee taking the day to go grocery shopping for her family and getting paid for it.
They may want to avoid the appearance that you are getting paid for 'break time' even though you'd know you were working during that time, there's no way for them to confirm it. I recommend you get everything clear with hr and your supervisor, otherwise you may end up in my situation, whith your boss thinking you've been pulling one over on him/her even though you haven't.
BTW, since I've been using breaks to pump I have been bringing a book to read and it actually is much more pleasant.
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