The woman who recently organized an awareness campaign that came under heavy scrutiny for featuring two military moms breastfeeding in uniform has been fired.
Crystal Scott, an Army veteran, military spouse, and breastfeeding advocate, was axed from her civilian job as an X-ray technician, her lawyer confirms.
Also the program director of the Mom2Mom breastfeeding awareness group at Fairchild Air Force Base, Scott was fired by Schryver Medical June 1. Why?
According to Crystal's attorney, the company - a provider of X-rays, EKGs, ultrasounds, and other medical digital imaging services - had a clear agenda:
"She was fired due to her passion about the Mom2Mom breastfeeding campaign, gender equality and women's rights," Patricia (Pat) K. Buchanan said.
The company says it's nothing like that at all.
"This kind of took us by surprise," Schryver Medical's president, Jay Schryver, told Yahoo on the phone Friday. He issued a formal statement soon after:"Crystal Scott was terminated by the company on June 1st for various legitimate employment-related reasons," he wrote in the 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 continued.
"That said, those circumstances simply do not excuse her from violating the reasonable expectations of her employer."