My boss is the free-loading son of the owner of the pharmacy where I have been working for the past 3 1/2 years. Thursday afternoon he was offended when I complained about the work ethic of his younger brother (also a free-loader) and when I went to pump at 3 pm, like I have been doing for the past three months, he stopped me.
"I'm not telling you that you have to pump in the bathroom, but you can't pump in here (the rarely used conference room) because we need this room and when you are in here we can't use it. I'm going to "let" you use the encap room instead." The encap room is the nastiest room in the entire building. This is where all the loose powders are raked into empty capsules, and it is dusty and full of chemicals. The bathroom is probably cleaner; it is cleaned every night. Then after telling me this he berates me for complaining to him about his brother because he isn't his brother's supervisor. Naturally I was upset Thursday, but I kept it to myself (mostly). When other people found out what room, he was forcing me to go into, they were furious! This made me feel so GOOD, that it wasn't just me overreacting, right.
Well, Friday night one of my co-workers told me that he came to her Thursday and rudely asked,"How many times a day does Katie pump? She's always in the conference room!" Supposedly she set him straight by explaining that I pump TWICE daily- once at 10 am (Before he gets to work mind you) and again at 3 pm, for a total of 20 minutes each time. Seeing as how I am working 9 hour days, this hardly constitutes me pumping ALL the time. Additionally, why would he go to a co-worker and not ME, or better still, my supervisor (since he had made it clear I shouldn't complain to him since he's not supervisor). I am not sure if this is considered "sexual harassment", but I have to be honest I feel harassed and picked on.
Do any of you know if I have been wronged? Keep in mind the state of Alabama has very few employeee rights. For example, bosses aren't required to give you the standard 30 minute lunch and 2 15 minute breaks in Alabama like everyone thinks. So I realize he's not required to LET me pump. I guess right now what I am most mad about is that he was complaining to a co-worker about MY breasts! Any thoughts on the matter? I am trying to bide my time and bite my tongue, but I'm not very good at that!