In a stunning lawsuit filed recently, a former Senior Vice President for New York Mets ticket sales has alleged that she was fired by the team because she became pregnant. According to the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Leigh Castergine has accused team co-owner Michael Wilpon of firing her because Wilpon opposed Castergine’s pregnancy out of marriage.
According to Castergine, Wilpon told her that he is “old fashioned and thinks [Castergine] should be married before having a baby,” and told Castergine to tell her boyfriend that she will get a raise and a bonus when she “gets a ring.” Further, Wilpon allegedly stated in a meeting that he is “as opposed to putting an e-cigarette sign in my ballpark as I am to [Castergine] having this baby without being married.” Further, Castergine alleges that Wilpon told her she would be more respected if she were married.
Importantly, a week before announcing she was pregnant, Castergine was promoted to Senior Vice President for Ticket Sales and service. According to Castergine, she was advised to quit her job by Human Resources, and when she refused was told she was being terminated on August 20, 2014 because she failed to meet her sales goal, which Castergine disputes.
Pregnancy Discrimination Still Exists
Although the notion of women being fired from their jobs for becoming pregnant seems antiquated to most, the fact remains that situations like the New York Mets are facing are very common across all industries. There are simply too many “old fashioned” male executives populating high-level positions in corporate America. Nevertheless, that fact does not excuse conduct like that discussed above, and does not make it any less illegal.
Pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited under New York and federal law. Simply stated, if you were fired from your job because you became or are regarded as pregnant, you have a claim against your employer. Many times employers claim they are “relieving a woman from duty” for her own safety. Whatever the excuse, it is up to the woman whether she needs to take time away from work to handle pregnancy-related issues, and is not up to the employer to make that decision. Any adverse employment action taken against you while you are pregnant or after you notify your employer that you are pregnant should be met with immediate scrutiny.
An Employment Attorney Assist you in Recovering Damages
Pregnancy discrimination cases are complex, and many of the issues are fact intensive and require systematic analysis by a trained employment attorney. Indeed, many employers try to characterize the situation as being the woman’s fault (as in the Mets story above)! Discriminatory tactics are very poor business practices and violate your civil rights. Therefore, non-compliant employers must be made to pay. The employment lawyers at the Law Offices of Joseph & Norinsberg will fight for your rights. Contact us today at 212-JUSTICE or email@example.com for a free consultation.