Lactation Room Access
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth recognizes the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and their infants, and in promoting a family-friendly work and study environment. Therefore, in accordance with applicable Massachusetts statutes, the University acknowledges that a woman may breastfeed her child in any place she has the right to be on campus. Further, the University provides a clean and private space in the Claire T. Carney Library, Room 427, for employees or students who are nursing to be used as a lactation room for up to one (1) year after the child’s birth. To obtain access to the lactation room, please visit the Office of Human Resources, located in the Foster Administration Building, Suite 213 or call 508-999-8060.
The Pregnancy Workers’ Fairness Act (the “Act”) amended Massachusetts General Law Chapter 151B, §4, which is enforced by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”). The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, such as lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child. The Act further describes an employer’s obligation to employees who are pregnant or lactating and explains the protections afforded to these employees. In general, employers may not treat employees or job applicants less favorably than other employees based on pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions and have an obligation to accommodate pregnant workers.