An Alabama police officer won her discrimination case against the state police department after she was demoted and denied accommodations that allowed her to breast-feed when she returned from maternity leave.
According to People, Stephanie Hicks was an investigator in the narcotics division before transferring to the less-hazardous pharmaceutical unit for the duration of her pregnancy. When she returned from maternity leave, Hicks received multiple write-ups for minor infractions, and was demoted from an investigator to the patrol unit, which left her with a lower salary, no car and a requirement to work on nights and weekends.
In addition, Hicks was obligated to wear a bulletproof vest that hurt her milk production and made it tough to pump. Her department said her only options were to go without a bulletproof vest or wear a specially fitted one that had gaping holes and would inadequately protect her. Hicks quit and first filed the lawsuit in 2013.