Woman allowed breaks during bar exam to pump breast milk

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A North Suburban woman who is expecting a baby is going to get extra time to pump breast milk while she takes the Illinois State Bar Exam.

Kristin Pagano is planning to take the two-day test in February.

At first she was denied permission to stop the clock for the 20- to 30-minute breaks she thinks she’ll need.

The board that oversees the exam reconsidered after Pagano refuted the ruling, saying it was discriminatory.

In the second vote, members ruled unanimously for Pagano, who was  told Tuesday she’d be allowed to take up to a 30-minute break during each three-hour testing session.

“This, of course, is great news,” Pagano, already licensed to practice law in California, told the Chicago Tribune in an email. “I am very happy that the board reviewed my reconsideration request and agreed to provide reasonable accommodations so that I will be able to pump and take the exam.”

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  • Harassed2Much

    Accommodations should be made for people with disabilities – i.e. people would would not have access to the test without accommodations, people who would only be able to take the test with accommodations. She has access, it just may have to be during a later testing session. Giving birth and breast feeding is not a disability. If she pumped before the exam and immediately afterwards, she should be fine. Going three hours without pumping is not extreme.

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