Settlement reached with nursing employee in Sun Country Airlines lawsuit over pumping rights violations

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May 30, 2024

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A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit known as Ali v. Sun Country Airlines, in which the plaintiff Hani Ali, a nursing mother and former employee of Sun Country Airlines alleged that the employer failed to provide her with appropriate space to pump and store milk, and subjected her to discriminatory treatment that forced her out of work.

The Parties have resolved the case in a manner that is satisfactory to both parties. The Parties are proud to say that Sun Country has committed to implement nursing mother accommodations beyond those required under federal and state law, including a new lactation space.

Sara Jane Baldwin, senior staff attorney for Gender Justice, said of Minnesota’s Women’s Economic Security Act: “In Minnesota, nursing and pumping parents have a legal right to be supported and protected against discrimination on the job, and Minnesota employers have a legal responsibility to protect them and provide the basic accommodations they need.”

Rachel Kitze Collins, a partner at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, who joined Gender Justice as co-counsel in this case, said: “We are so pleased with this outcome. Providing basic accommodations to new mothers makes their return to the workforce easier, allows them to better support their families, and contributes to the economy and our communities. We thank Ms. Ali for stepping forward to protect not only herself, but all working parents.”

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Gender Justice is a legal and policy advocacy organization dedicated to advancing gender equity through the law. Our vision is for a world where people of all genders, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientations have the opportunity to thrive. We work towards our vision through impact litigation, advocacy, movement building, and public education.

Rachel Kitze Collins and Derek Waller from Lockridge Grindal Nauen joined Gender Justice as co-counsel in this case representing Ms. Ali. Lockridge Grindal Nauen has served clients throughout the Midwest and in Washington, D.C. for more than 40 years, combining expertise in complex litigation with sharp insights into the legislative process. Our firm’s success on behalf of clients is driven by our commitment to clear and consistent communication with and advocacy on behalf of clients, regardless of the size of the client or the complexity of the matter.

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