Single Mom Gets Fired For Getting A Mammogram (VIDEO)

A single mom lost her job for getting a mammogram after she felt a lump in her breast.

Jamie Crytzer is a 30-year-old mother in Pennsylvania doing the best she can to provide the best life for her son, that includes keeping herself healthy so she can stay in his life for a long time. So when she felt a lump in her breast in early May and noticed that it was growing, she made an appointment to see her doctor, who scheduled her for a mammogram on June 15th.

She informed her employer at the Hickory Grille in Hermitage and got the day off, but while she was working this past Monday, Crytzer received a phone call informing her that because of a cancellation she could get her mammogram that day, a full week earlier than her previously scheduled appointment. When it comes to the possibility of having cancer, the earlier the diagnosis, the better. So, Crytzer accepted the opening and informed her boss.

Her boss, who is also a woman and knew full well what Crytzer was dealing with, responded by telling Crytzer that she would be abandoning her job if she left to have tests done.

“She just said, you know, you’re gonna do whatever you want, and this is job abandonment,” Crytzer told WKBN. “She kept telling me that.”

Crytzer left anyway and had the tests, which showed that her lump was not cancerous. That was the good news. The bad news is that Crytzer learned she had lost her job at the Hickory Grille when she went to work as usual the very next day.

“They felt that I left them with a skeleton shift during lunch, that since they already knew that I had an appointment the following week, they felt I could have waited,” Crytzer said. “It’s unfortunate. I’m sorry that I lost my job over being proactive for my health.”

Now she is unemployed, and without a job, it’s more difficult for Crytzer to support herself and her son. Her employer cruelly forced her to choose between her health and the job she needs, which is totally unfair. Crytzer has since received support on social media after she posted her story to Facebook.

“I feel completely wronged, hurt and upset that my company had zero regard for my circumstances or my health,” Crytzer wrote on her Facebook page. “I am embarrassed that they downplayed the severity and brushed it off as an inconvenience. I am ashamed that I am the one who was reprimanded.”

But Hickory Grille apparently still doesn’t understand why their decision to fire Crytzer is causing outrage.

In an statement emailed to WKBN, Hickory Grille claimed they did the right thing while also hypocritically claiming that their goal is to “take care of people,” including their employees.

“Thank you for emailing us for our side of the story regarding Jamie Crytzer. We are unable to comment on this particular occurrence, but we can say that all personnel actions taken were in complete accordance with proper personnel management. We want our community to know that we have helped many, many employees through difficult times throughout the years, and will continue to do so. We care deeply for our employees and their families. The Springfield Restaurant Group’s primary goal has always been to take care of people, both employees and guests.”

Here’s the video via WKBN:

However, it is quite clear that Hickory Grille and the Springfield Restaurant Group did NOT care about the health of their employee Jamie Crytzer. If they did, they would have worked with her to make sure she could go get the tests she needed without fearing that she could lose her job. Adding insult to injury, Hickory Grille started a support page for themselves on Facebook. Feel free to visit and tell them what you think of the pathetic way they treat their employees.


About 40,290 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2015 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.

And that’s precisely why Crytzer shouldn’t be punished for getting a mammogram. Early detection of breast cancer increases the chances of beating the disease. In short, Crytzer made the right call for herself and her child and if her former employer has any true compassion or humanity, they will profusely apologize to Crytzer and hire her back. Because this is one battle they won’t win in the court of public opinion.

“One week. Short in relative terms,” Crytzer concluded. “One week while waiting to see if you have breast cancer is an eternity.”

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