Woman sues CVS, claiming employees humiliated her for breastfeeding
WESTFIELD, Ind. (WXIN) -- A Hamilton County mother is suing CVS after she says employees made derogatory remarks about her breastfeeding her daughter in the store.
Elizabeth Creekmore says the employees turned something that's precious and dear to her into something perverted and obscene. The mother of three says she took her family into the Westfield store so she could get a flu shot back in October.
"Some time passed and Nova got hungry so I just did what was natural and I fed her," Creekmore said.
Creekmore says when the pharmacist was ready to give her the shot her baby was still feeding, so she took out her arm and received the flu shot in the waiting area. Following her visit to the store, she and her fiance received a text message from a CVS employee they know from the community.
See photos of Creekmore and Nova:
The family says the initial text message said, "What was up with Libby having her boobs hanging out at CVS the other day?"
The messages continued to detail what happened after Creekmore left the store.
"She told me that the pharmacist was extremely uncomfortable because the size of my breast and that it look like I may have breast implants which made her that much more uncomfortable," Creekmore said.
Another message reads, "You are on several cameras with our breast exposed."
The family's lawyer says that was most concerning for his client.
"A breastfeeding mother doesn't pose a security risk to the store, so there would be no need really for employees to review security footage," attorney James Smith said.
The mother says the incident has sent her into a state of paranoia and she's been in therapy since the incident happened.
"I don't leave my house in fear that Nova will get hungry in public again and someone may be watching footage or doing lord only knows what since everyone has access to these tapes apparently," Creekmore said.
She is suing for damages and her attorney has requested a jury trial to determine what is reasonable and fair compensation to his client.
CVS Health released this statement:
CVS Health is committed to treating all customers with respect and dignity and we do not tolerate harassment of any kind. We have not been served with a lawsuit in this matter so we cannot comment specifically on its allegations. However, the allegations are not in keeping with the values, policies and practices of our Company and our colleagues. Also, the Company was not made aware of this alleged incident from last fall until this lawsuit was brought to our attention today.