HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – For Jamie Crytzer, the ordeal began in early May when she first found a lump in her breast.
Two weeks later, after talking with a doctor, she scheduled a mammogram and an ultrasound and told her bosses at the Hickory Grille in Hermitage that she’d need a day off.
“I let the general manager know, and I also let one of the assistant managers know what was going on,” Crytzer said.
Although her tests were scheduled for June 15, on Monday, Crytzer said she was called at work and learned there had been a last minute cancellation and her mammogram could be done that day. She went to her manager and asked if she could leave for an hour in the middle of her shift.
“She just said, you know, you’re gonna do whatever you want, and this is job abandonment. She kept telling me that,” Crytzer said.
Cryzter said she left, had the tests done and went home, reporting for work as usual Tuesday. That’s when the 30-year-old single mom said she found out that she lost her job.
“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.
WKBN received an email from the company that runs Hickory Grille that stated the following:
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.
Crytzer said the test results showed her lump was benign.
“It’s unfortunate,” Crytzer said. “I’m sorry that I lost my job over being proactive for my health.”
Afterward, Crytzer said she began questioning her decision and decided to post a message on Facebook, looking for some support and encouragement from her friends. In less than a day, Crytzer said her share count on the original Facebook post is over 2,000.
“It’s extremely overwhelming,” Crytzer said of the response.
She said the reaction gave her some reassurance that she made the right decision. She’s now hoping to land another job to pay the bills and support her son.