NEW YORK (1010 WINS/ AP) – A Manhattan mother says a restaurant ordered her to leave the premises because she was breast-feeding her infant daughter.
Julia Acevedo-Taylor has filed a lawsuit against Lily O’Brien’s Chocolate Cafe in midtown Manhattan over the incident last August.
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The lawsuit claims that a manager of the Bryant Park emporium ordered Acevedo-Taylor and a friend to stop breast-feeding their babies.
When they declined, the suit says, they were told “to leave and never come back.”
“They were embarassed because they were trying to be discreet,” attorney Adam Polo said.
Taylor says she was so traumatized by the incident that she hasn’t been able to feed her child in public since.
Cafe owner Cathal Queally said the manager – who has been removed – asked the women to cover up after two customers complained and that the women were not told to leave.
The cafe now has a sign in the window that reads: “Breast-feeding welcome here.”
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