Exec: Mets Fired Me for Having Baby Out of Wedlock

Woman says COO Jeff Wilpon humiliated her
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2014 1:31 PM CDT
Exec: Mets Fired Me for Having Baby Out of Wedlock
New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon stands near the Mets dugout before a spring training game in 2012.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

An executive who says her former job handling ticket sales for the New York Mets was like "selling deck chairs on the Titanic" filed a lawsuit yesterday claiming that the team's co-owner and COO got rid of her because she had a baby without being married, the New York Post reports. Leigh Castergine says she was fired in August after a pattern of humiliation and discrimination at the hands of Jeff Wilpon, who reportedly once said at a meeting of all male execs that he was "as morally opposed to putting an e-cigarette sign in my ballpark as I am to Leigh having this baby without being married," the suit claims.

Castergine's suit says she was told she was getting canned because sales were down and "she wasn't as 'aggressive' as she used to be" after the birth of her child in March. But she claims she endured constant harassment from Wilpon while pregnant: He'd allegedly tell her she'd get a bonus and bigger salary if she got an engagement ring, as well as advise their colleagues: "Do not rub her belly. Don't ask how she's doing. She's not sick, she's pregnant." Castergine says she tried to tell HR but got no response; she also accuses Wilpon of offering to let her stay on through season's end if she simply stopped talking about her discrimination beef after she first started getting negative evaluations. "The claims are without merit," the Mets say in a statement. (More New York Mets stories.)

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