"I think it's best you go home and be with your babies" is not what an employee expects to hear upon returning to work after maternity leave. Unfortunately, it is exactly what Angela Ames heard when she requested access to a lactation room to express breast milk. Ms. Ames filed to sue for sexual discrimination, but has been denied access to a trial. The details will make any reasonable person's head spin.
Today is a day off for some in the U.S., and a day of contemplation for many. Since 1986, we've observed January 20 (or the third Monday of the month) as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to remember the legacy of the civil rights leader who used civil disobedience to fight racial inequality. If you're reading this at the office today, there's much you can do to honor Dr. King's memory, and make your company a better place to work.