28 August 2007
Former mayor successful in breastfeeding claim
A former mayor has been awarded £7,000 in compensation after Manchester County Court ruled that she had been sexually discriminated against by Trafford Council.
Dr Pauleen Lane took the council to court after she was prevented from breastfeeding her child while using a civic car.
On the way to official engagements the council limousine would carry two attendants and the mayor's chain of office but Dr Lane was forced to follow in her own vehicle in order to breastfeed her son.
Dr Lane welcomed the ruling, which ordered the council to pay legal costs estimated to be up to £170,000, but added: "I still don't feel the council understands they have done anything wrong. I don't have an apology," the Times reports.
The number of women choosing to breastfeed their children has increased in recent years, according to a recent report issued by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.