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Falk v. City of Glendale
United States District Court for the District of Colorado
2012 WL 2390556 (2012)
Katie Falk (plaintiff) was employed at the police department of the City of Glendale (defendant) for nearly two years. Falk became pregnant during her employment and went on maternity leave. When Falk returned, she requested a space and break time to pump breast milk. Falk was denied a space and had difficulty taking breaks due to understaffing and her colleagues’ refusal to cover for her. Falk informed her supervisors of the situation, and although the chief of police became involved, no solution was provided. Falk experienced breast infections on three separate occasions because she had to work in a soiled bra as she was unable to take breaks. Falk also experienced hostility from her sergeant, who laughed and made “moo” sounds at Falk’s expense. Falk then learned she was not scheduled for any additional shifts and contacted the human-resources director, who informed Falk that she would not be scheduled again until weaning her daughter. Falk’s locker was reassigned, and she was told by colleagues that she was no longer welcome at the department. In response, Falk filed suit against the city, alleging pregnancy discrimination, gender discrimination, a hostile work environment, and a retaliation claim in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The city filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kane, J.)
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