Mets, former employee settle discrimination lawsuit

Friday March 13th, 2015

The New York Mets have reached a settlement with a former ticket sales official who filed a discrimination lawsuit, the team announced on Friday.

In the suit, which was filed last September against the team and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, Leigh Castergine—who had been promoted to senior vice president of ticket sales and service—alleged Wilpon discrimated against her because she became pregnant without being married. 

The suit alleges that Castergine was fired after complaining to the team's human resources department. Wilpon responded by saying that Castergine was fired for "legitimate business reasons." On Friday, the Mets issued a press release with a joint statement. 

"The parties have decided to resolve this matter, which has brought more attention to the workplace environment for women in sports and will result in the organization being more attentive to the important issues raised by women in sports," the statement reads. "Additionally, we are both committed to the further development and encouragement of female executives in our industry. Both sides‎ have agreed to have no further comments."

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