Breastfeeding Military Moms’ Spokeswoman Fired From Her Civilian Job
Last month, the Interwebs were abuzz over pics of with two Airmen breastfeeding in uniform. Terran Echegoyen-McCabe and Christina Luna were not violating a specific policy against breastfeeding, but an Air Force spokesperson said Airmen must project a “professional image at all times while in uniform.” They were somewhat lucky: earlier this month, the spokeswoman for Mom2Mom, the organization behind the nursing pics, found herself out of a job. Crystal Scott was fired from her job as an X-ray technician in Washington and was told by her employer it was “due to the media.”
Of course it is a employer’s perogative to fire employees that made present the company poorly. But what about being a spokeswoman for a breastfeeding support group that is shameful? Especially considering Scott served in the military for six years and did a tour in Iraq. Instead of honoring her for her service, she gets canned for her activism. She wasn’t even in the controversial pics themselves (not that I agree that would be justification for her firing, either). Now she is
persuing a lawsuit for gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. Update: A commenter has correctly pointed out “no lawsuit has been filed yet, but if they decided to pursue legal action, they would be suing Schryver for ‘suing for gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination,’ according to the ABC News piece. I apologize for the error.
I can’t say I blame her.
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