A breastfeeding mother was told to cover up at Texas Roadhouse in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s now suing the restaurant for extreme and severe emotional distress and assault.
WHAS reports, on Saturday Sadie Durbin was nursing her 7-month-old while dining when a manager at the steakhouse allegedly tried to force her to cover up then “threw the napkin down” over the baby’s head and “angrily walked away with a huff” after she refused.
Durbin took to Facebook to vent about her experience, and although by law the mother had every right to breastfeed in public, some chastised the Louisville mother for her actions.
She wrote in her post:
So it happened… after nursing my children all over the city of Louisville (and many others) for 4+ years, it happened to me.
David Mitchell, a manager at the Texas Roadhouse on Shelbyville Road, 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.
He didn’t apologize. He didn’t acknowledge he was wrong. He said ‘well as a manager I am obligated to tell you we are getting complaints and ask you to cover up,’ threw the napkin down in front of me, and angrily walked away with a huff.
I asked my server to know who the “other” complaining patrons were. He finally came back to our table, threw his hands up and said angrily “I’m not at liberty to tell you that. Listen lady, I’ve done nothing wrong.
In an interview with WHAS Durbin explained that she needs to stand up for her right to nurse in public in order to support other feeding moms. She said she’s often told to:
“Go to car or go to the bathroom. No, I’m not going to nurse my baby in the dirty bathroom. I’m not.”
Her post has received over 36,000 reactions and thousands left comments, though not everyone agreed with her post. Some wrote:
100% of all women who breast feed in public attempt to cover up. Well, except for those looking to file a law suit. Me and my friends will make sure this business is rewarded for trying to behave with respect and decency while you insisted on showing your breasts to children.
Give me a break, you are seriously thirsty for attention (proven by placing the pic of your boob hanging out on FB). You were also just looking to sue someone for profit by your own words. Have some courtesy for others and take it to the bathroom or the car, hell at least put a blanket over your boob. It’s Texas Road House not Babe’s Go Go Club. Smh Don’t give me that it’s natural either, so it taking a dump but you don’t see people peeing in the floor of the restaurant. Smh You were looking for attention & some money, hope you don’t win a penny on your lawsuit and the attention you get ain’t positive.
Others, however, told Dubin to stand her ground against the negative criticism and fight back. Commenters wrote:
Thirty years ago I breastfed my baby in public. I did cover with a blanket. Still was shamed. You go mama.
I can clearly see that the law is behind you and I applaud Kentucky for establishing the rules, but honestly, I am not sure if the society we are all living in, is ready for it. and I am amazed that you are strong to stand your ground.
Thank you for trailblazing for the rights of moms and babies.
Since the incident, the restaurant has reached out to Durbin and apologized. The company also issued a statement to WDRB. The restaurant has stated that it supports a mother’s right to nurse her child in public.
A spokesperson for the St. Matthews Texas Roadhouse told the station that the manager is “very upset about this.” Following the situation, he has taken some paid time off, but he won’t be fired over the complaint.
We sincerely apologize to Mrs. Durbin and all nursing mothers for how this situation was handled. We would like to…
Durbin and her attorneys have filed a civil lawsuit against the company but they are not seeking money, only legal recourse on behalf of other mothers.