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Posted: December 10, 2014

Woman claims colleagues mooed at her for pumping breast milk at work

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PORTLAND, Ore. —

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When Monica Van De Pitte interviewed for a job at Velocitel, Inc. in 2012, the mother of two claims she made it clear that she would need a flexible schedule and a place to pump breast milk during the work day.

On her first day on the job at the Lake Oswego, Oregon location she was informed that the company’s supply room was the company’s designated private space for nursing mothers. Another breast-feeding staffer told her to keep her breast pump hidden because others found the device “gross,” according to legal papers obtained by People.

Van De Pitte claims that staff members mooed at her when she went to pump breast milk during her shift.

Other claims of sexual harassment are outlined in the complaint, including one male colleague who would pretend to honk the breasts of female staff members.

When Van De Pitte went to her supervisors to complain, she claims she was told to "privately reflect on why sexual conversations made her uncomfortable."

Van De Pitte quit in January 2013 after filing a sexual harassment and gender discrimination complaint against Velocitel, Inc. with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.  A settlement has been reached in the case. The details of the settlement have been sealed.

Velocitel, Inc. declined to comment on the case.

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