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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