Concerning Leigh Castergine, a former Senior Vice President of ticket sales for the Mets who is suing the team and co-owner Jeff Wilpon for dismissing her because she was single and pregnant, Anucha Browne Sanders, who settled a $11.5 million lawsuit against Madison Square Garden for sexual harassment said, “Hunker down and prepare for war.” Browne Sanders said she will meet with Castergine, who has the same lawyer, Anna Vladeck, hired by Browne Sanders in her suit.
Leigh Castergine, 33, received bonuses and raises during her tenure, even though she admitted trying to sell tickets for a chronically losing team was akin to “trying to sell tickets at a funeral.” The high rewards her difficult work received came screeching to a halt when Jeff Wilpon made harassing comments about the fact she was pregnant and the absence of a wedding or engagement ring on her finger. The Mets insist that she was given a promotion in 2013, after her boss knew about her pregnancy. That isn’t the only beef she has with the Mets, though, as she also insists the the roster was mismanaged and tickets were overpriced.
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Browne-Sanders commented, “You have to stand your ground. What happened to her is wrong. It absolutely goes on. Women in the workplace should not be treated at a different standard to their male counterparts. There are a lot of single mothers out there in the workplace who do a phenomenal job.”
Castergine gave birth to a baby girl in March and has been searching for a new job. She says, “It’s all about leadership. When an organization doesn’t have strong leadership, that is where this issue comes to the forefront.”