A woman who was breastfeeding her child at a restaurant in Boca Raton, Fla., claims she was told to cover up, then eventually asked to leave.
Anala Leichtman was dining with her husband and a few of their friends at Relish & More on Wednesday when she was approached by one of the employees after they noticed she was breastfeeding her child, Yahoo reports.
Leichtman was covered with a blanket, but other restaurant-goers complained to the employee who told Leichtman, “Honey, you have to cover that up. You can’t do that here,” according to Yahoo.
Leichtman told Yahoo, “I got up and went to my car to finish feeding my son. When I returned, the employee apologized but said that another table was complaining and threatening to leave. She gave us a $25 gift card for our trouble.”
According to Florida state law, Leichtman did have the right to breastfeed her son inside the restaurant. The law states: “A mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breastfeed.”
The couple, unhappy with the actions of the restaurant, took to social media to express how they felt about the way they were treated. They posted a picture to Facebook with the caption, “This was absolutely humiliating. Almost a year old and until this point, we had never had a word said to us about breastfeeding until today.”
The restaurant made a public apology on its Facebook page — after receiving hundreds of critiques and negative reviews — saying they have fired the employee and are deeply sorry for the incident.
Leichtman replied with this statement on Yahoo, “As it stands the law decriminalizes the act of breastfeeding in public, but does not protect mothers from the embarrassment and shame they endure when they are singled out by someone who believes it is inappropriate or shameful behavior.”