This week has already seen some questionable behavior when it comes to the treatment of women in professional sports. And now we're closing out the week with even more accusations of sexist attitudes, this time from the MLB, rather than the NFL. The first female senior vice president for the New York Mets, Leigh Castergine, has brought a new lawsuit against the team, claiming that she was terminated from her position for having a child outside of marriage.
According to the lawsuit, the real tension in the situation came from team co-owner and COO Jeff Wilpon, who allegedly "humiliated" Castergine repeatedly during her pregnancy by asking if she was going to get married, making it clear that he was uncomfortable with an out of wedlock pregnancy, and even telling her that once she is engaged, she's get a bonus. According to the suit, his actions included "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 reads, according to the New York Post says. After she had her baby, Castergine faced even more scrutiny, and this time not just for her personal choices, but her professional work as well, the New York Posts reports. When Castergine told him Wilpon she was going to sue him for his unethical behavior, she was promptly fired from her post—even after she had complained to human resources.
Cue head banging at another reminder that this sort of sexism STILL exists.