While political extremists continue to have a meltdown and hold our country hostage, there is a recent court decision that illustrates just how far a woman’s rights are protected under the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.”
On March 23, 2010, breastfeeding mothers were given the privilege of receiving time to express breast milk at work, “other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.” On October 8, 2013, Kent Gordon, a 45 year-old technologist specialist in Portland, Oregon, received a jail sentence of 10 days for secretly using a surveillance camera in the form of a pen, to video tape a co-worker pumping breast milk behind closed doors in the privacy of her office.
The co-worker was about to resign from her position to become a stay-at-home mom so Gordon entered her office under the guise of collecting information regarding software licensure. After he left, the co-worker discovered the pen on her desk that was attached to a USB drive and alerted her managers via email. According to an article in the Seattle Times “Gordon went back to the woman’s office that evening but realized the pen was not there. He sent an email to the woman and two other female co-workers whose offices he had entered that day, asking if they had seen his pen in hopes that someone had just picked it up.” The next day, he discovered that the email had been forwarded to his managers. When confronted by his superiors, he resigned from his position but was arrested a few days later.
Gordon alleged that he was trying to his company’s intellectual property by the presiding judge didn’t believe him. In addition to spending 10 days in jail, Gordon must dedicate 160 hours of community service and undergo psychiatric counseling.
In the midst of all of the political hoopla and hysteria, we forget that the name of the health law passed in 2010 included the words “Patient Protection.” A nursing mother has a right to expect that she can pump milk for her baby and not have her privacy invaded by a peeping Tom. Did the court go far enough in Gordon’s sentence to prevent him from future offenses? You tell me.