Fairchild mom claims breastfeeding pictures led to termination


by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com


Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 11 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE-- A woman involved in a Fairchild Air force Base controversy claims she was fired over breastfeeding pictures.

A group of women from Fairchild Air Force Base made national headlines after taking photographs while breastfeeding. The controversy first surrounded two Washington National Guard mom's who posed for the pictures in uniform. Now, one of the civilian women has lawyer-ed up, saying she was fired for posing for the pictures.
Crystal Scott is the program director of the Mom2Mom breastfeeding group at Fairchild. The group initially posed for the photos as part of a national breastfeeding campaign.

Monday Scott claimed she was fired for her involvement in the campaign.

Scott worked as an x-ray technician for a private employer that has no ties to the military. She was fired June 1st.

Scott claims she recently complained to her employer of gender discrimination in the workplace, but was told not to file a formal complaint.

Scott refused to comment publicly on the situation, but Monday her lawyer released the following statement on her behalf: "I am so thankful for the outpouring of support that I have received for the choices we made to increase awareness for this campaign. I also thank those who offered comments in opposition to our campaign. They serve to bring about healthy dialogue about an issue that is important to women and healthy babies in all professions and from all backgrounds."

It’s not clear whether Scott and her attorney will pursue the matter in court.

The Mom2Mom program director plans to continue her volunteer duties with the Fairchild group.