The woman behind the controversial military breastfeeding photo that featured two airmen breastfeeding while in uniform has been fired from her civilian job as an X-ray technician.
According to Yahoo News, army veteran, military spouse, and the program director of the Mom2Mom breastfeeding awareness group at Fairchild Air Force Base Crystal Scott was terminated by Schryver Medical, a provider of X-rays, EKGs, ultrasounds, and other medical digital imaging services, on June 1.
According to Scott’s lawyer Patricia Buchanan, “She was fired due to her passion about the Mom2Mom breastfeeding campaign and speaking out on gender equality and women’s rights.”
However, Schryver Medical firmly denies any claim that Scott was fired for outside reasons. In a statement to the press, Schryver Medical’s president, Jay Schryver said,
“Crystal Scott was terminated by the company on June 1st for various legitimate employment-related reasons. 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. That said, those circumstances simply do not excuse her from violating the reasonable expectations of her employer.”
Meanwhile, Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna, who were the two women featured in the photo, have been reprimanded because the photo violates the strict policy that forbids military members from any sort of endorsement.
While Scott’s lawyer has maintained that all options are on the table when it comes to filing a lawsuit against Schryver Medical for gender discrimination, at this time, Scott is not pursuing it.
Controversial Military Breastfeeding Photo: Woman Fired from Civilian Job.