Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tim Hortons Tells Nursing Mom In Ontario To Cover Up


Tim Hortons has apologized to a breastfeeding mom after she was told to cover up at a local coffee shop in Tweed, Ontario, over the Labour Day weekend.

Megan Irvine, who runs a local breastfeeding support group , said Stacey Kennelly of North Bay, Ont., was travelling through the Tweed area on the Labour Day weekend and nursing her child while waiting in line at Tim Hortons.

"A female supervisor came over to her and said, 'I have to ask you to cover up while you're nursing’," Irvine said. "This mother knew her rights and said no."

In an e-mail statement, Kennelly said the supervisor was apparently told by a manager to tell her to cover up.

"So she asked to speak to the manager, he came over and said it was store policy for mothers to cover up," Irvine said.

Irvine's group held a breastfeeding protest outside and inside the Tim Hortons outlet on Sunday.
Gianna Petrella drove from Colborne, Ont., to be at the nurse-in.

“I thought the bigger the group, the bigger of a movement it would be. I try to do whatever I can to help society normalize breastfeeding,” she said.

Kennelly is now pursuing a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

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