- A young mother won a multi-million-rand lawsuit against international fast food chain restaurant, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
- Autumn Lampkins took KFC to court after she worked for one of its restaurants and was treated unfairly
- The court ruled in her favour and KFC was ordered to pay her R20.6 million
Autumn Lampkins, a former KFC employee and breastfeeding mother, won a massive case against her former employer after she was treated unfairly.
According to USA Today, the court ordered KFC to pay Lampkins $1,5 million, which is roughly about R20,6 million.
Briefly.co.za gathered Lampkins worked at KFC in Delaware, America, in 2014 - only months after she gave birth to her son.
She told management that she needed to pump breast milk for her baby every two hours so that she could take it home to him after her 10 hour shift ended.
According to reports, management agreed to her request and told her it was not a problem. However, instead of allowing her to pump breast milk as recommended, the young mother was allowed to do it only once in her shift.
She was also told to move from the bathroom to the manager's office, where there was a CCTV camera which allegedly could not be turned off.
The Daily Sun reported Lampkins was transfered to another KFC branch after she completed her training and there she was picked on by co-workers for her frequent breaks.
The ordeal resulted in Lampkins suffering physical pain and her breast milk dried up. Last week, the court ruled in her favour and KFC was ordered to pay her more than R20 million for punitive damages, with an extra R344k in compensatory damages.
"It was a great and long-fought victory. It's a great day for women's rights. The jury sent a message that employers cannot treat lactating women differently in the workplace," her lawyer, Patrick Gallagher, said.
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