“She was fired due to her passion about the Mom2Mom breastfeeding campaign and speaking out on gender equality and women’s rights,” her lawyer, Patricia (Pat) K. Buchanan, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview on Friday.
Her lawyer says that the publicity over the photos was only part of the reason Scott lost her job. In May, Scott had complained about gender bias at Schryver Medical, where she had been working for about 16 months, Buchanan says. Her boss asked her not to file a formal complaint, saying that “he’d handle it,” Buchanan says. Two weeks later, Scott was fired.
According to Buchanan, Scott had complained to her supervisor about favoritism shown toward male employees and condescending statements and name-calling aimed at women in the office. “When she asked to be on the day shift, which she was entitled to by seniority, she was treated very condescendingly and was called names,” Buchanan said, including things like “You’re a baby” and “You’re a woman, you can’t go there, it’s scary.” Still, Scott agreed not to file a formal complaint at the time, in part because “she loved her job,” Buchanan says.
If you read the rest of the article, you’ll see it wasn’t totally about her gender inequality stunts, and that she had actually done some work things wrong, which she probably could (should?) have been fired for.
But the fact that sexism like this is still happening in the work place (and it is, it happens at my job too), just really upsets me. Worse, it’s that no one seems to be upset by it. When I tell my (male) coworkers that I don’t like to be referred to by “woman” they laugh. Like it’s cute that I would be intelligent enough to be offended. On a whole, the women’s equality movement still isn’t over, and it needs a lot more attention.