Mets answer lawsuit filed by pregnant woman executive they fired

The Mets and their chief operating officer, Jeff Wilpon, in court papers filed Friday, denied all the accusations made in a lawsuit by a former senior ticket-sales executive who said that she had been discriminated against for being pregnant out of wedlock.

The executive, Leigh Castergine, said she had been fired in retaliation for complaining to the team’s human resources department.

Here’s the entire article: Mets Deny Bias in Ticket Official’s Firing –

This is a lawsuit follow-up to the original story about this lawsuit.

UPDATE 3/16/2015. The post above and the links were the last time I reported on this case.

Well, what do you know? It’s “resolved.” That means “settlement,” in a hey-we’re-not-at-fault euphemism. But hey, as the Times article says:

Now, there will be no trial. The two sides said in  joint statement that they had agreed to “resolve” the case and later filed a court document saying they had jointly agreed to dismiss the case–a required filing that follows a private settlement. No terms were announced.

The article, by Richard Sandomir (Mets Resolve Suit With Executive They Fired When She Was Pregnant and Unmarried –, goes on to mention a case I was also on top of:

The decision to jointly end the lawsuit differs from Madison Square Garden’s decision in 2006 to fight a sexual harassment and discrimination case filed against it and Isiah Thomas, the team’s president, by Anucha Browne Sanders, a senior marketing executive. The testimony at that trial was highly negative for the Garden. A jury verdict found for Ms. Browne Sanders; she settled for $11.5 million in damages.

Anne C. Vladeck, who represents Ms. Castergine, was part of the legal team for Ms. Brown Sanders.

Very interesting, Mr. Sandomir. You didn’t have to mention that case, but you did and in doing so, you sketched how disadvantageous it can be for a company to go to trial aggressively when a woman sued them for discrimination.

Brava, again, Ms. Vladeck.


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