First off, I am new to this, so please bear with me. And sorry in advance for the long story/details.
I am curious if I should contact an attorney for an incident while pumping at work. Here are the details:
My son was born 12/19/08. I returned to work after 12 weeks on 03/16/09. Before returning to work I discussed pumping with Human Resources as I had every intention to continue to breastfeed for as long as possible. We do not have a pumping room since it is a small company. However, it was decided that it was best for me to pump in a vacant office. So everyday I would get a master key from one of the 8 people who held one, go in the room, lock the door behind me, and pump. At first I did this twice a day, but then my hours were cut so I only needed to pump once while at work.
On 05/12/09 while I was in the locked office pumping I heard a key in the door. The door was unlocked and opened so fast that I hardly had time to respond. Once the door was opened there was a "sorry" and it shut right away. I did not have a sign on the door as HR never instructed me to do so. But I was able to see who barged in on me...the owner of the company of all people. He made no mention of the incident afterwards and never officially appologized to me. As embarrassing as it was I made sure to let HR know what happened and discussed other arrangements for me to pump if need be. I found out the next day "why" he had let himself into the office..apparently he was looking at what needed to be done in the office so his daughter could get setup to work in there. Yeah...he was hiring his daughter while we were in a hiring freeze...not to mention the hour and paycuts and complete reduction of benefits that all current staff already were dealing with. Sheesh! So anyways I was set up to pump in a different office and was now instructed to put a sign up so no one else would interrupt me. My sign said "Creative juices flowing. Please do not disturb." Pretty creative I might add. However, I only pumped for another week or so at work as I was still uncomfortable from the previous incident. My supply decreased as a result and my little one no longer wanted to nurse. So I am continuing to pump for him to this day, but so sad that this incident put a keebosh on our nursing/bonding relationship.
To make matters more complicated I was recently terminated from that employer for BS reasons...probably so they don't have to pay unemployment.
Oh lord! What should I do?