Mother-of-two filed a lawsuit against US restaurant chain, Texas Roadhouse, after she claims she was shamed by an employee for breastfeeding her daughter.

Sadie Durbin, 30, was out to dinner at the St Matthews eatery in Louisville, Kentucky with her family when she needed to feed seven-week-old Isla.

“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,” she told People magazine.

Originally posting about the incident on Facebook, which got thousands of shares, Ms Durbin told friends the manager allegedly told the mother-of-two there had been complaints and she needed to cover up.

“[He] brought me a napkin and tried lying it over my 7 week old nursing infant’s face as he explained that he had another patron complain and that he really needed me to cover up.

“I politely explained to him it is against the law for him to ask me to cover up and that I was well within my rights to feed my baby.”

The mum claims the manager “angrily” threw a napkin at the child’s head before walking off in a huff.

However, Texas Roadhouse say that’s not quite what happened and claim they asked if they can her offer a napkin to help the situation.

She has filed a lawsuit for emotional distress, assault charges and negligent training and is seeking punitive damages.

However, Travis Doster, a spokesperson for Texas Roadhouse told local NBC news station WAVE3, it wasn’t a case of assault.

“I would not characterise that it’s assault in my opinion. I know some of the early Facebook said he threw a napkin, I believe in our statement we say ‘He politely offered “can I get you a cover up?”,’ Doster said.

The mother-of-two told the local news station, her case is not about the money, it’s about education.

While the restaurant claims they tried to make amends and apologise to the mother-of-two, their calls went unanswered.

“It’s not about an apology, the damage is done … this affected me more than I thought it would,” Ms Durbin claimed.

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  • I think shaming the business all over the internet is worth more than any benefit you could get suing them. If it was my restaurant I would happily offer a napkin to the person complaining to cover their face with though.


  • I think you can educate in other ways rather than suing. It is the US though.


  • I can understand some circumstances where perhaps a Mum could be politely asked to cover up a bit. I witnessed one Mum with her shirt opened from her neck back as far as it would go down to her navel exposed. Both breasts were fully naked. Even a few very open minded Mums were commenting amongst themselves.


  • Hmmm, not sure what to think with this one.


  • There are 2 sides to every story. I’d be interested to see what happens in the court case.


  • it will be interesting to see what happens with this case.


  • Sounds like there is a lot more to the story.


  • Tough call as there are always 2 sides to a story. Not sure that I would go as far as a suit though… hard truth is a baby needs to be fed when it’s hungry, I always felt it was best for myself and my baby to cover up or relocate away from people. Not because of embarrassment of feeding, just a personal preference.


  • When her words are true and the manager threw or even covered the face of her baby with a napkin, I think they’re in the wrong.
    However I think it’s important to be sensible with breastfeeding in public and certainly not provocative. I myself never covered up, but always a belly hugger (so the belly was covered) and a wide enough buttoned shirt.


  • There’s always 2 sides to a story I’m happy for anyone to feed but do it Discreetly as some people do get uncomfortable I breast feed at the moment and have something over me


  • I m a bit torn here; I definitely think she has a right to feed in public but at the same time if some people are uncomfortable, covering up hurts nobody.


  • babies need to feed, I don’t care how anyone chooses to feed their babes but I would much prefer to see a feeding baby than hear a screaming baby that is starving. If you don’t like it you can look away


  • She’s well within her rights to be angry and I hope the court’s award her damages to teach this business a lesson. Regardless of wether he threw the napkin or not they had no right to ask her to cover up. Time for them to learn the hard way. I would’ve been livid and if a manager threw anything at my babies head they’d be lucky to be able to walk after I was done with them.


  • Enough shaming with breast feeding it’s normal it’s basically the nipples covered and boobs popped out like every other woman that flaunts there boobs out same thing nipples covered up difference is ones getting sucked on the other nipple is just covered by a padded push up bra!!!!


  • Why is still an issue? Other people were eating in that resturant so why can’t the baby

    • Exactly! Why is anyone uncomfortable with the sight of a breast?! Bodies and anatomy is normal and nothing to be ashamed of in any way shape or form.


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