The Latest: Group pushes back against Christie criticism
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a new law prohibiting workplace discrimination against breastfeeding women (all times local):
A New Jersey business group criticized by Gov. Chris Christie for opposing a new law barring discrimination against breastfeeding women says the governor had bad information.
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association said Monday in a statement that Christie was provided “misinformation” regarding the group’s position on the measure.
Christie signed the bill Monday and criticized the group, saying its opposition was “illogical.”
NJBIA President Michele Siekerka says the group initially opposed the bill, but later dropped its opposition.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation prohibiting workplace discrimination against women who breastfeed.
Christie signed the legislation Monday along with dozens of other measures, including related bills.
In a statement, he rebuked a business group for what he called its “illogical opposition” to the legislation.
The New Jersey Business and Industry Association did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Under the new law, employers would be in violation of the state’s civil rights law for firing or discriminating a woman over breastfeeding. Businesses must now also provide break time and a suitable location for breastfeeding women to express milk in private.
Christie also signed into law a bill requiring human milk banks to be registered and another measure that exempts breast pumps from the sales tax.