Mom allegedly fired for breastfeeding pictures speaks out

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:01 AM

SPOKANE-- A mother who says she was fired for her involvement with some recent breastfeeding photographs is speaking publicly for the first time since she lost her job.

The story gained national popularity, especially because of some military moms at Fairchild Airforce Base breastfeeding their babies while in uniform. It’s a civilian mom, though, who says she was fired for the pictures.

“I was fired from my employer. I was just shocked and a little saddened, and disappointed,” she said.

Crystal Scott’s attorney calls it a case of wrongful termination, but her former employer says the claims are untrue.

It’s been two weeks since Scott’s last day of work as an X-ray tech.

“They came to my house. The company told me they decided to let me go. When I asked why, they said it was due to the media,” Scott said.

Schryver Medical fired Scott just days after the photos made national headlines. As a member of the Mom2Mom Breastfeeding support group, Scott took the pictures for an upcoming breastfeeding campaign.

“When Mom2Mom came about, I think they used that to terminate me,” Scott said.

She says her volunteer position with Mom2Mom never affected her work performance.

Scott’s attorney says Schryver wrongfully terminated her client.

“Advocating for women’s rights, advocating for breastfeeding and advocating for gender equality should not lead to termination. It should not lead to losing your job,” Attorney Pat Buchanan said.

The Denver based employer fired back saying they terminated Scott for legitimate reasons. In a statement, President Jay Schryver said Scott had been assigned time-sensitive tasks that were wholly ignored.

The company says she called in sick, and when they tracked her using her company van’s GPS, she was reportedly “at a media outlet conducting personal business, on company time, and using company equipment as transportation.”

Schryver Medical claims that at no time did they ever tell Scott she was fired for media attention.

Scott maintains she did nothing wrong at work. As for her involvement with the Mom2Mom pictures, Scott says she would do it again in a heartbeat.

About a month ago, Scott filed for a gender discrimination complaint with her private employer, which she believes could also be behind her termination.

Schryver Medical says there was never any discrimination and it will defend their actions vigorously.

To read Schryver Medical's statement, click here.

To read Scott's statement, click here.

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