Georgia Breastfeeding Laws
In Georgia, mothers have the right to breastfeed in any public or private location they are legally allowed to be. Georgia’s state law “allows” (but importantly, does not require) employers to provide reasonable break time and a private space (other than a bathrooms) for employees. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) offers some workplace protection for breastfeeding employees.
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GA Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in Georgia have the right to breastfeed in public anywhere they have a right to be. Read the law: Ga. Code § 31-1-9 (1999)
GA Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
Employers in Georgia “may” support breastfeeding employees by “making a reasonable effort” to provide break time, and a space other than a bathroom for pumping. (Note: the state law encourages, but does not require, employers to provide break time and a space.) Read the law: Ga. Code § 34-1-6. But the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) still protects working mothers in GA, provided they are non-exempt (hourly) employees. Under FLSA, employees must provide breastfeeding mothers reasonable break time and a private space (other than a bathroom) to pump at work for one year following their child’s birth.
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Mamava Breastfeeding Laws key
State law protects breastfeeding in public (now true of all states). There are no state-level workplace breastfeeding laws. Breastfeeding mothers, who are paid hourly, are covered by the federal FLSA. Not the breast-case scenario.
State law provides workplace breastfeeding rights for specific employee sectors (e.g., city employees) OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations (e.g., airports, municipal buildings).
State law protects all working breastfeeding moms (not just hourly) and exceeds the federal FLSA law.
State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers AND additional state legislation protects specific populations OR mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.
The gold standard. State law protects all working breastfeeding mothers, identifies standards for lactation spaces (e.g., access to a refrigerator), AND additional state legislation protects specific populations AND mandates lactation accommodations for specific locations.