NEW YORK -- A senior vice president fired by the New York Mets last month has filed a federal civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn alleging she was "frequently humiliated" by superiors because she was pregnant and unmarried.
Leigh Castergine, who oversaw ticket sales for the Mets, was fired on Aug. 26, 2014, after nearly four years of employment.
She alleges the harassment was initiated by chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and that her complaints to human resources went unheeded.
The complaint reads: "He frequently humiliated Castergine in front of others by, among other things, pretending to see if she had an engagement ring on her finger and openly stating in a meeting of the team's all-male senior executives that he is 'morally opposed' to Castergine 'having this baby without being married.'
"Wilpon told Castergine that, when she gets a ring, she will make more money and get a bigger bonus," the complaint continued. "Castergine complained to the team's Human Resources Department. Wilpon responded by firing Castergine. According to Wilpon, 'something had changed' in Castergine after the birth of her child -- with still no ring on her finger. Wilpon told her she no longer was as 'aggressive' as she used to be."
The Mets said in a statement: "We have received and reviewed the complaint. The claims are without merit. Our organization maintains strong policies against any and all forms of discrimination."