Lawsuit claims NYPD officers faced horrible conditions for breastfeeding

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A recent lawsuit states that NYPD officers allegedly faced horrible conditions just for breastfeeding.

Former NYPD captain and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is pushing for legislation to prevent that in the future.

The current and former NYPD officers claim in a lawsuit filed on Sunday that the legal rights of nursing mothers in the police department are being disregarded.

Adams says there is medical evidence to support the benefits of breastfeeding children. He adds that the female officers were forced to breastfeed in the back of patrol cars under stressful situations.

Adams is also asking for the city comptroller to issue an audit into the NYPD's policies. He believes they are in violation of the law.

Along with Councilmember Robert Cornegy, he is introducing the legislation to expand on the initial bill that would require the New York City Department of Health to provide mandatory annual training to staff at locations required to make lactation rooms available.

Before there was no oversight of these rooms. Adams says the "boys club" culture of the NYPD has impacted the rights of these moms.

The NYPD tells News 12 in a statement that it provides accommodations and requests for breastfeeding and in part, "Retaliation is prohibited against any person requesting a reasonable accommodation to express breast milk and any member of the service who engages in such retaliation or harassment is subject to disciplinary action."

The legislation has been introduced and is waiting on a hearing date.

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