Taco Joint Fined $46G for Firing Mom for Breastfeeding

A Los Angeles taqueria owner has been ordered to pay more than $46,000 for firing a worker because she used her break time to breastfeed her baby.

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing says Jesus Acosta, owner of Acosta Tacos, was ordered to pay Marina Chavez lost wages, compensation for emotional suffering and an administrative fine.

The DFEH prosecuted the case before the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, which found Acosta liable for sex discrimination, retaliation and failure to prevent discrimination.

The agency says Acosta fired Chavez after he learned that she had breastfed her baby in her car during a work break.

The commission also ordered Acosta to develop a written policy prohibiting sex and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.