Breastfeeding Law: Maine

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    §4634. Right to breast-feed

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a mother may breast-feed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be. [2001, c. 206, §1 (NEW).]

    2001, c. 206, §1 (NEW).

    Enforcement Provision


    Workplace Pumping Law

    §604. Nursing mothers in the workplace

    An employer, as defined in section 603, subsection 1, paragraph A, shall provide adequate unpaid break time or permit an employee to use paid break time or meal time each day to express breast milk for her nursing child for up to 3 years following childbirth. The employer shall make reasonable efforts to provide a cleanroom or other location, other than a bathroom, where an employee may express breast milk in privacy. An employer may not discriminate in any way against an employee who chooses to express breast milk in the workplace. [2009, c. 84, §1 (NEW).]

    2009, c. 84, §1 (NEW).

    Enforcement Provision

    §602. Enforcement and penalty

    The following provisions govern the enforcement of this subchapter. [1985, c. 212, (NEW).]

    1. Violation. Any employer who violates this subchapter commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $500 for each violation may be adjudged.
    [ 1985, c. 212, (NEW) .] 2. Discharge or discrimination. Any employer who discharges or in any other manner discriminates against any employee because the employee makes a complaint to the director, the district attorney or the Attorney General concerning a violation of this subchapter, commits a civil violation for which a forfeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $500 may be adjudged.
    [ 1985, c. 212, (NEW) .] 3. Injunction. If any provision of this subchapter is violated, the Attorney General may seek an injunction in the Superior Court to enjoin any further violations or to compel the reinstatement of an employee discharged or discriminated against as described in subsection 2.
    [ 1985, c. 212, (NEW) .] SECTION HISTORY
    1985, c. 212, (NEW).