The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 21: Labor

Chapter 5: EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES

Sub-Chapter 1: Conditions For Employment

21 V.S.A. § 305. Nursing mothers in the workplace



§ 305. Nursing mothers in the workplace

(a) For an employee who is a nursing mother, the employer shall for three years after the birth of a child:

(1) provide reasonable time, either compensated or uncompensated, throughout the day to express breast milk for her nursing child. The decision to provide compensated time shall be in the sole discretion of the employer, unless modified by a collective bargaining agreement; and

(2) make a reasonable accommodation to provide appropriate private space that is not a bathroom stall.

(b) An employer may be exempted from the provisions of subsection (a) of this section if providing time or an appropriate private space for expressing breast milk would substantially disrupt the employer's operations.

(c) An employer shall not retaliate or discriminate against an employee who exercises or attempts to exercise the rights provided under this section. The provisions against retaliation in subdivision 495(a)(8) of this title and the penalty and enforcement provisions of section 495b of this title shall apply to this section.

(d) In lieu of an enforcement action through the Vermont Judicial Bureau, the Attorney General or a state's attorney may enforce the provisions of this section by bringing a civil action for temporary or permanent injunctive relief, economic damages, including prospective lost wages for a period not to exceed one year, investigative and court costs. The Attorney General or a state's attorney may conduct an investigation of an alleged violation and enter into a settlement agreement with the employer. Such investigation shall not be a prerequisite to bringing a court action. (Added 2007, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 2013, No. 31, § 4.)