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Sep 18, 2012 1:23 PM by Kate Richards

Teacher settles breastfeeding case

DENVER (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has settled a discrimination complaint filed under the Colorado Nursing Mothers Act with a Jefferson County charter school.

The ACLU announced the confidential financial settlement Tuesday.

Heather Burgbacher filed her complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year December after the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen decided not to renew her contract. Burbacher alleged that the school failed to provide a private place for her to pump breast milk or someone to cover her classes during three, 20 minute periods a week she needed to express milk at work.

Academy spokeswoman Kelli Anderson says the school has policies to accommodate nursing mothers and says Burgbacher's non-renewal had nothing to do with breastfeeding. She says the school settled so it can focus on students.

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