The Mets first woman senior vice president is suing the Mets for pregnancy discrimination, claiming co-owner and chief operations officer Jeff Wilpon made several hostile statements to and about her unwed pregnancy while she worked for the company.
Leigh Castergine, a executive in the organization’s ticketing department, alleged in her suit that she lost her job because Wilpon was “morally opposed” to her being pregnant and unmarried.
The suit states that Wilpon told her “that when she gets a ring she will make more money and get a bigger bonus,” and in a meeting over a proposed ad deal said, “I am as morally opposed to putting an e-cigarette sign in my ballpark as I am to Leigh having this baby without being married.”
She said Wilpon’s son, Fred told Casterine’s co-workers to to not show interest in her unborn child.
“Do not rub her belly,” the lawsuit claims he warned them. “Don’t ask how she’s doing. She’s not sick, she’s pregnant.”
Castergine, complained to no resolution many times to human resources department, before filing a legal suit, court documents state. She said she was asked to drop her complaints in exchange to stay a year, rather than being immediately fired for low ticket sales.
When she rejected the deal and told her bosses she planned to file suit, they fired her on the spot, the suit states.
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