By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4) – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a discrimination complaint against Frontier Airlines on behalf of two female flight attendants who want to pump breast milk while on duty.

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The complaint has been filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and even after it rules, it could go to federal court with a lot of females watching the outcome closely.

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Stacy Rewitzer is a Frontier flight attendant who gave birth to her son Parker a year ago. She would very much like to return to work, but claims Frontier is discriminating against her by refusing to accommodate her.

“I asked for either a place to breast pump on the plane other than the restroom or accommodate me … I asked for a ground assignment,” Rewitzer said.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger interviews Stacy Rewitzer (credit: CBS)

She says restrooms on the plane are too small and the flights are too long to be able to pump breast milk.

Frontier responded in a statement that it complies with all federal and state laws, adding, “We have made good-faith efforts to identity and provide rooms and other secure locations for use by breastfeeding flight attendants during their duty travel.”

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A year ago the ACLU filed a complaint involving the same sort of accommodations for female pilots, but attorney Sara Neel sees this case as even broader.

“I think this is a significant case for all women, and particularly women who work in the airline industry,” Neel said.

Rewitzer is now on unpaid medical leave and Parker is about to have a birthday as her mother takes up a legal battle.

Stacy Rewitzer with her son Parker (credit: CBS)

“This should have been done a long time ago. They should have been having accommodations for us,” she said.

The ACLU says Frontier’s policies are not in tune with other airlines.

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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.