Hello my name is Alex and I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply as this is not an ‘on demand’ live service, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return. There is no need to wait here, you will get an email when I reply.
When you say AA - I assume you mean the vehicle breakdown people?
Ok - in that case Human Rights does not apply
This only applies to public bodies such as the Council, Home Office etc.
Therefore you are left with the Equality Act 2010.
However is breast feeding a special need?
In reality probably not.
This is because needs apply generally to a disability
So someone who is deaf, or blind for example.
Then these needs would perhaps have to be catered for
But breastfeeding is not a condition which is covered under the Equality Act.
I am sorry if this is not the answer you want, and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
The Equality Act covers protected characterstics
Marriage and civil partnership
Pregnancy and maternity
Religion and belief
Not post children.
Therefore it is not a protected characteristic and not covered by the Act.
Thats different then
From the Equality Commission website
"Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding."
In that case she could raise a complaint with the AA or http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/
Can I clarify anything?
They need to make all reasonable adjustments, so in reality 10 min is neither here nor there
So yes it is still discrimination
The Act does not require advance notification
I would speak to the Equality Commission
Can I clarify anything else for you?
They can't recommend Solicitors just as I can not!
But the centre must have made adjustments which are reasonable.
Would it have been reasonable to allow 10 mins - yes!
Does this clarify?