NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Leigh Castergine, the former Mets’ head of marketing and ticket sales who was let go last month, is claiming that she was unfairly terminated.
According to the New York Post, a federal lawsuit claims that Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon discriminated against Castergine because she was pregnant out of wedlock.
“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,'” the suit says, according to the newspaper.
“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,” Wilpon is accused of saying.
Wilpon also allegedly announced two rules at a meeting.
“Don’t touch her belly and don’t ask how she’s doing.”
According to the lawsuit, Wilpon allegedly told Castergine that with still no ring on her finger, she was no longer as aggressive as she used to be and fired her, WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reported.