Washington has recently become a more breastfeeding-positive state thanks to new workplace legislation. The new law transcends the protection for breastfeeding employees provided by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Outside of the workplace, breastfeeding laws in Washington are similar to those in any other state: breastfeeding in public is protected by the law.
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Washington Breastfeeding Laws: In Public
Mothers in Washington have the right to breastfeed in public. Read the law: Wash. Rev. Code § 49.60.30(g)
WA Breastfeeding Laws: At Work
Effective July 28, 2019, employers with 15 or more employees must provide a private lactation space for breastfeeding employees that is not a bathroom. These protections extend for two years and thereby exceed the protections offered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by one year. Read the law: SHB 1930.
WA Breastfeeding FYI
Washington exempts breastfeeding mothers from public indecency laws.
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Now that you know the law, what next?
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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.