In its ruling in favor of Sophie Currier, the Supreme Judicial Court said it recognizes that “there remain barriers that prevent new mothers from being able to breastfeed or express breast milk.”
“We take this opportunity to extend protection to lactating mothers in the context of lengthy testing required for medical licensure,” Chief Justice Roderick Ireland wrote for the court in the unanimous ruling.
Currier sued the National Board of Medical Examiners in 2007 after the board said she could have only the standard 45 minutes in breaks during the nine-hour exam. The board said then that it must be consistent in the break time given to everyone who took the exam.
According to a summary in the court ruling, the board told Currier she was entitled to changes in the testing schedule under the American with Disabilities Act because she had been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder "
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