Breastfeeding mother refused entry to bus for ‘health and safety reasons’
Health and safety legislation has been used as an excuse for a breastfeeding mother being turned away from a bus, it has been claimed.
The woman, Katherine Guest, was attempting to board a bus in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, when the incident happened.
She had decided to start feeding her 10-week old child, Zachary, while at the bus stop, as she awaited her service.
Guest claims the driver said she could not board the Arriva bus due to ‘health and safety reasons’, the BBC reported.
Can’t let you on
As a result of the decision, Guest, who was on her way to a medical appointment, had to run with her baby in order to not be late.
She told the BBC: “The driver turned around and said ‘I can’t let you on here’.
“When I asked why not, he said it was because of the potential health and safety risks associated with breastfeeding.”
Arriva Midlands has said it was investigating the incident.
The general manager for the firm in the Midlands area, Jamie Crowsley, said ‘drivers have a duty to ensure safety to our passengers’ as they board and alight buses and are ‘mindful of this responsibility at all times’.
Official guidance to mothers says babies should be fed on demand and therefore at all times and locations.
Additionally, the 2010 Equality Act makes explicit reference to the fact it is unlawful for businesses to discriminate against a woman if she is breastfeeding.
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