Breastfeeding mom sues Texas Roadhouse after manager tried to cover her with a napkin
The mother-of-two Sadie Durbin from Kentucky is suing the favorite steakhouse eatery Texas Roadhouse after the manager allegedly attempted to cover her with a napkin while she breastfed her infant.
On November 15, Durbin, 30, and her family were eating at a Louisville location of the chain when her seven-week-old little girl began getting fussy.
“She got hungry, so she needed to nurse,” Durbin told PEOPLE. “I latched her on like I always do, and she was nursing for maybe five minutes when I saw the manager coming around the corner, walking fast and shaking his head at me with a napkin in his hands.”
The Texas Roadhouse reached her by email, but the note came up short on the statement of regret she needed.
According to Kentucky law, “a mother may breastfeed her baby or express breast milk in any location, public or private.” https://t.co/3zGIcMwSUs— Lexington Herald-Leader (@heraldleader) November 21, 2018
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At the point when the manager made it to the table, he told her to cover up because they were getting many complaints from other customers. It was then that he tried to put the napkin over her daughter's face.
“He said, ‘Ma’am, ma’am. We’re getting a lot of complaints; we’re going to need you to cover up,’" Durbin recounted.
“I said, ‘No, I’m feeding my baby, and I’m well within my rights to feed my baby. I’m not going to cover up.’ He said, ‘Yeah, yeah I know, I’ve got six kids, but we’re just really going to need you to cover up.’"
"At that point I was just shocked, so I said, ‘I’m not going to cover up. I’m feeding my baby.’ So he tossed the napkin down on the table and kind of huffed off.”
PEOPLE noted that breastfeeding is completely legal across the United States and has been legal in Kentucky – with or without a cover – since 2006.
Durbin added that she was covered up as much as she could be while feeding her little girl, but that doing as such made it hard to nurse.
“Texas Roadhouse supports the rights of all mothers to breastfeed their children in public, including in our restaurants. Unfortunately, our manager’s handling of this situation was misguided and wrong.” https://t.co/8NAFmxjNkF— Valerie Chinn WDRB (@ValerieChinn) November 17, 2018
“There were two giant peanut buckets in front of me, she was wrapped up in a blanket and I had her in a cross-cradle position, as discrete as I can be,” she explained.
“I find it really difficult, pretty much impossible, to cover. I have to hold my breast, I have to hold the [nipple] shield, and I have to hold her head perfectly in order to nurse her. She unlatches as soon as I try to put a cover over her.”
Durbin said she saw that the manager was talking to another female customer who was scowling at her. She then asked her table’s waitress to see who had complained about her nursing her daughter.
This prompted the manager to approach her again to advise her to cover up. It was then that she and her husband chose to leave the eatery.
“I was really upset, so I went home and made a Facebook post about it,” she said. “When I woke up at 7 a.m. I think the post had thousands of comments, and a lot of hate, and a lot of people saying they couldn’t believe it.”
A company spokesman says the employee mishandled the situation and wasn't aware state law protects a woman's right to breastfeed in public. https://t.co/4bQRxZ8HlE— WSAZ NewsChannel 3 (@WSAZnews) November 20, 2018
While numerous individuals in the comment section were supportive, a few people expressed hate and wrote threatening messages, causing her to make the post private.
According to Durbin, the Texas Roadhouse reached her by email, but the note came up short on the statement of regret she needed, and the representative of the eatery still can't seem to make an open expression of remorse, provoking her to sue.
Breastfeeding Mom Sues Texas Roadhouse After Manager Tries to Cover Her with a Napkin: ‘I Was Shocked’ https://t.co/xvxmJiN3rc— People (@people) November 27, 2018
“I think it’s my only recourse,” she said. “There’s a law, but there’s no penalty attached to the law.”
The housewife also hoped that by standing up, it brings issues to light of breastfeeding laws and prevents anything like this from happening to other breastfeeding moms.