The New York Mets and its owner, Jeff Wilpon, face charges the baseball team fired its head of ticket sales and marketing because she chose to have a child out of wedlock.
According to the complaint, Wilpon often made derogatory comments about the woman. He would mockingly inspect her hand for an engagement ring and tell team executives he was unhappy with her choice not to get married. He also allegedly told her she would “make more money and get a bigger bonus” after she got married.
The woman collapsed at work and doctors had to induce labor to save the baby’s life.
Even this episode did not deter Wilpon’s remarks. At a meeting to discuss advertising e-cigarettes in Citi Field, Wilpon allegedly said, “I am as morally opposed to putting an e-cigarette sign in my ballpark as I am to [his marketing manager] having this baby without being married.”
The woman claims she was fired after complaining. Wilpon cited a “change” in the woman after the baby was born as the reason for her dismissal. He claimed she wasn’t as aggressive as she had been before.
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