Woman Behind Military Breastfeeding Photo Has Been Fired
Crystal Scott, the woman behind the controversial breastfeeding awareness campaign for military moms has been fired from her job as an x-ray technician.
Scott, a military mom and veteran has been serving as the director for Mom2Mom, a group that aims to increase awareness and support for breastfeeding moms in the military. Unfortunately for Scott, she was recently fired from Schryver Medical, a medical digital imaging company.
“She was fired due to her passion about the Mom2Mom breastfeeding campaign and speaking out on gender equality and women’s rights,” her lawyer, Patricia Buchanan explained.
However, her employer tells an entirely different story. “Crystal Scott was terminated by the company on June 1st for various legitimate employment-related reasons,” Schryver Medical’s president, Jay Schryver contended in a statement. “Amongst other things, on the day prior to her termination, Ms. Scott had clocked in to the company’s timekeeping system and had been assigned time-sensitive tasks that were wholly ignored. Thereafter, Ms. Scott ignored the company’s repeated attempts to contact her to inquire as to her whereabouts and status of her job assignments. When the company finally did get a hold of Ms. Scott, she informed them that she was sick and would not be working. Based on company records – including GPS data from a company van that had been assigned to her – Ms. Scott was actually at a local media outlet conducting personal business, on company time, using company equipment as transportation.”
“Schryver Medical can certainly understand the excitement Ms. Scott experienced in being courted by the media, both on a personal level and as a means to effectively promote her cause,” he also added. “That said, those circumstances simply do not excuse her from violating the reasonable expectations of her employer.”
Scott had been working at Schryver Medical for about 16 months. She initially filed a complaint about gender bias last May, referring to alleged favoritism towards male employees, as well as derogatory statements made towards female employees, such as herself.
“When she asked to be on the day shift, which she was entitled to by seniority, she was treated very condescendingly and was called names,” Buchanan said. “She can’t file a complaint retroactively, but she can file a lawsuit for gender equality discrimination.”
This statement was also debuked by Schryver.
“Schryver Medical has strict company policies against any type of discrimination and at no time has the company discriminated against Crystal Scott in any form or fashion,” Schryver said. “Quite frankly, her current allegations in the media and from her counsel are surprising given her actions, and will be defended vigorously by Schryver Medical.”
With the conflicting stories, which side would you believe?