She was an essential worker during the height of the pandemic but a Manhattan woman claims she still lost her grocery store job — because bosses allegedly didn’t want her pumping breast milk for her baby.
Single-mom Janice Moore has filed a discrimination complaint with the state Division of Human Rights against the Westside Market at 2589 Broadway, where she was a cashier until May 2020.
When she took the job about a year earlier, she had a 3-month-old baby girl, and was pumping breast milk four or five times a day, according to the complaint.
Management told Moore “she would not have time to do so on her shifts, and that should she do so, to use an unsanitary room,” the complaint alleges.
“My manager asked me why I couldn’t do that before work, they made me use the bathroom downstairs,” Moore told The Post, adding, “I was fired in the middle of the pandemic. I was the only one working at the time in my family.”
Her bosses “didn’t like her breast-pumping milk for her newborn,” said her attorney, Christopher Berlingieri.
The mom, who is black, also claims she was slammed as “lazy” and refused regular breaks, while Latino workers were given “favorable treatment,” according to her complaint.
The action is a precursor to a Manhattan federal court suit, Berlingieri said.
Westside Market at Broadway declined comment.